4 Patterns Using Go and Prepositions – English Lesson

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I went to the office this morning. Before that, I wanted to get a bagel so I went to Zucker’s Bagel Shop for a bagel. I love their bagels and I always go there for a bagel. It’s hard to get really nice bagels where I live, so I need to go to Manhattan. Some of my friends also go drinking in Manhattan. There are a lot of nice clubs and bars there.

Today, let’s have a look at four different English Grammar patterns using go and different prepositions.

Pattern #1. We use go to + place

  • I went to the office this morning.
  • Jack went to France in 2010.
  • Jen is going to Boston for the weekend.

*Remember, we don’t need to use to when the destination is places like home, there, here, etc:

  • I went home after work. Not, I went to home after work.

Pattern #2. We use go + gerund (VerbING) + in/at Place. We usually use in + city/town, etc and at + shop name. The go + gerund shows the action that happens in/at the place:

  • I go skiing in Vermont. Not, I go skiing to Vermont. Skiing is the action that happens in Vermont.
  • Bob and his friends went drinking at Rudy’s. Not, I go drinking to Rudy’s.
  • I’ve been shopping at Macy’s so many times.

Pattern #3. We use go + to place + for + noun/gerund. This grammar tells us the reason or purpose of going to the place:

  • I went to Starbucks for coffee.
  • Bob goes to Rudy’s for the beer.
  • We go to Jones Beach for fishing.
  • A lot of people go to Miami for surfing.

Pattern #4. Like Pattern #3, we use go + to place + to verb. This grammar also tells us the reason or purpose of going to the place. There is no difference in meaning between Pattern #3 and #4.

  • I went to Starbucks to buy coffee.
  • Bob goes to Rudy’s to drink beer.
  • We go to Jones Beach to fish for flounder.
  • A lot of people go to Miami to surf in nice waves.

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