English Lesson: Go to Vs. Go for Vs. Go in

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I am going to NYC to meet one of my students who is in NY this week on business. We usually have a lesson on skype, but today she is coming to my lesson place for class. After the lesson we will go for lunch. I suggested we go for pizza at Lombardi’s, NY’s most famous pizza restaurants. I like to go there whenever I have students or other guests who come here from out of town. It is a great place and when I go in there I always enjoy the atmosphere as well as the pizza.

We use go followed by a variety of prepositions, each with a different meaning. Do you know how to use go + to / go + for / go + in? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check today’s lesson.

We use go + to + [place] when we show movement in the direction of a place. Before the place, you need to:

  • I am going to NYC today.
  • Jack goes to his office by bicycle.
  • Jenny went to Cancun last month and had a great time

Remember! Don’t use to before home, there, here, somewhere, uptown, and downtown:

  • I have to go uptown for a meeting. Not, I have to go to uptown for a meeting.
  • Jack went home after work today. Not, Jack went to home after work today.

We use go + to + verb when we show the purpose of the movement. Be sure to use to + base verb:

  • Jenny went to Cancun to relax for a week.
  • I am going to NYC to meet one of my students
  • Jack went to his office to pick up his keys.

We also use go + for + [noun] when we show the purpose of the movement.

  • I go for pizza all the time.
  • Let’s go for lunch tomorrow.
  • Ken goes for a haircut every other week.

We use go + in to mean enter:

  • When I go in there I always enjoy the atmosphere.
  • Let’s go in this shop. It looks interesting.
  • Jenny went in the station to ask about the train schedule.

Where are you going today? What are you going there for? Leave a comment here and let us know!

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