Free English Grammar Lesson: Using Go

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I am to meet one of my students who is in the US this week on business. We usually have a lesson online, but today she is coming to my office for class. After the lesson we will go for lunch. I suggested we go for pizza at Lombardi’s, my favorite pizza shop. 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.

The verb go has a variety of prepositions that follow it and each one has a different meaning. Today, I’m going to show you how to use this English grammar.

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.

Keep in mind we 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 + place + to+ verb when we show the purpose of the movement:

  • 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.

In casual English conversation, it is also possible to use go + verb to show the purpose of the movement:

  • Let’s go get some pizza. I’m hungry.
  • I’m going to go have a cup of coffee after work.
  • I have to go look for a present for my sister’s birthday.

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.

Now, it’s your turn! Try using some of the patterns above in an original sentence. Write your sentences in the comment box below!
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