English Lesson Go To + Infinitive or For Something

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I went to Manhattan on Wednesday for my lessons.  Sometimes I drive to meet my students, but on Wednesdays I take the train to meet them. Before my class I usually stop by a café to get a cup of coffee. I like strong coffee, so I usually go to Starbucks to get coffee. I went for a Frappuccino this time because it was so hot outside.

Today we will look at talking about movement. Have a look at the paragraph above, and then check today’s lesson:

When you talk about the purpose for going somewhere, there are two patterns you can use. The first is go to a place to do something. Remember that after go to we use the infinitive (to+Verb).

  • I went to Duane Reed to buy toothpaste
  • Let’s go to the park to play tennis!
  • My friend went to Osaka to see her family
  • I went home to get my unbrella. (Remember, we go to a place, except go home, go there, go somewhere, etc Check this lesson for details)

You can also use other verbs of motion with this pattern like fly, travel, take, etc:

  • I took a subway to see my sister.
  • We flew to Seoul to visit our friends
  • I travelled to Boston to attend a meeting

The other pattern is go to a place for something.

  • I went to Duane Reed for toothpaste.
  • I will go to my friend’s house tonight for a party
  • I go to NYC on Monday’s for my lessons

Check these two sentences. The meaning is the same, but there are two way we can say the same idea:

  • I went to Duane Reed to buy toothpaste
  • I went to Duane Reed for toothpaste.

Where do you like to go? What do you go there to do?

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  1. Hi Pardeep,

    Good idea there but…

    I used “on Wednesdays” which means I am talking about every wednesday, as my habit. Thus when we talk about a habit we use the present tense.

    If I had said “on Wednesday” that would refer to the one situation in the past, which would have referred to the first sentence “I went to Manhattan on Wednesday for my lessons.” In this case, I would say “but on Wednesdays I took the train to meet them” I think you were thinking about this situation. My sentences were a little confusing because the first one was the past tense and the second was present tense talking about my habit 🙂

  2. Hi Michael,
    Don’t you think, it should be took instead of take in the following sentences, please correct me if I’m wrong.

    I went to Manhattan on Wednesday for my lessons. Sometimes I drive to meet my students, but on Wednesdays I take the train to meet them

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