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  • How to use the verb go in English

    Exercise 3

    Complete the sentences below with the words in the box. Use to, on or for, and a/the when necessary.
    beer    conference    doctor    prison    ride    running    safari    school    trip    walk    work

    EXAMPLE: After I get up, I have breakfast and I go to work.

    1 We would like to go in Tanzania next summer.

    2 I'm not going today. It's Saturday.

    3 The weather is perfect today. Why don't we go along the beach?

    4 I need to go . I think I'm ill.

    5 Every morning I go for 30 minutes. I love doing exercise.

    6 Would you like to go after work? There's a new pub around the corner.

    7 Last year, I went about climate change and pollution in Berlin.

    8 After trying to rob a bank, he went for 5 years.

    9 They are saving to go around Europe.

    10 My friends an I love cycling. We always go on Sunday morning.


  • How to use verb go in English – Grammar chart

    In the table below you can see the different ways to use the verb go in English.
    How to use the verb ‘go’ in English

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    Go + -ing

    We use go + -ing verb for many sports, and also some other activities like shopping, dancing, clubbing, etc. 

    • I want to go shopping this afternoon.
    • We went kayaking on Lake Michigan.


    Go to


    We don’t use the in the expressions go to work and go to bed.

    • What time do you go to work?
    • I’m tired. I‘m going to bed


    We say go to school or go to university without the to mean that go to those places as students.

    • They couldn’t go to school for a few days because of the snow.
    • Almost 40% of young people go to university


    We say go to prison when someone is taken there as a prisoner.

    • He could go to prison if the judge finds him guilty. 


    Go to a/the

    We use go to a/the + nouns describing places or events. We use go to + the before nouns of places that we typically go in the city.

    • I need to go to the dentist
    • I‘m going to the bank

    You can know when we use a or the by checking the use of articles in English.

    Go for a

    We use go for a before nouns describing acitivities, such as a swim, a run, a walk, a ride, a drink, etc.

    • The weather is great today. I’m going to go for a swim.
    • I have a new bike. Would you like togo for a ride with me?


    Go on a

    We use go on a before nouns related to holidays, trips or similar, such as holiday, trip, journey, excursion, tour, cruise, etc.

    • He went on a cruise with his family.
    • Let’sgo on an excursion to explore the area. 
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