I’ve been thinking about buying a new computer, so after work today I think I’ll go and see what they have at the electronic shop near my office. My friend Yalcin came and visited me this morning and said the shop was having a sale. Yalcin lives in Turkey, but he’s visiting New York this week. When he came this morning, I invited him to stay and have a cup of coffee. We had a fun time catching up with each other.
For today’s free English lesson, I’m going to show you how we connect verbs like go, come, and stay with other verbs using and. Have a look at the paragraph above once more and then check the lesson.
We use verbs that show movement (like go, come, and stay) followed by and verb in informal English. The basic pattern is verb 1 + and + verb 2. Verb 1 is the verb of movement, and verb 2 is another verb which generally shows the reason or purpose of the movement. The connecting word and has the meaning of in order to. For example, go and see means to go somewhere in order to see something:
- I think I’ll go and see what they have at the electronic shop.
- My friend Yalcin always comes and visits me when he is in New York.
- I invited him to stay and have a cup of coffee.
It’s also possible to use the past or future forms of the verbs:
- Jane stayed and took care of me when I was sick.
- He came and visited me this morning.
- I’m going and seeing what they have on sale at the store.
In American English, we usually omit and when we use come and go:
- I think I’ll go see what they have at the electronic shop.
- Why don’t you come visit me when you are in New York?
- I’m going to go buy coffee after work.
What are you going to go do today? Why not try writing a few sentences using this grammar in the comment box below? I’ll review them for you!
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i have to go and pack because our friends in Finland asked us to come and visit. 🙂 (It is true, we are leaving in four hours’ time.)
Great example, thanks for sharing. Have a nice trip!