Learn English Grammar – Go To vs Go For

Michael Grammar 2 Comments

Today is another beautiful, sunny day in NYC. I think I will go for a walk after work. That reminds me. The other day, someone asked me about how to use to and for with go, so today, I am going to show you how the grammar is and how we use it.

We use go to + place:

  • Yesterday I went to the park with my dog.
  • After work I may go to the library.
  • Jack went to London last week.

We also use go + to + verb to show the purpose for going to a certain place:

  • Yesterday I went to play in the park with my dog.
  • After work I may go to study at the library.
  • Jack went to meet his customers in London last week.

Of course you can use both of the above ideas in one sentence:

  • Yesterday I went to the park to play with my dog.
  • After work I may go to the library to study.
  • Jack went to London to meet his customers last week.

We also use go + for + noun to show the purpose for going to a certain place:

  • I am going for a haircut after work.
  • I always go for coffee in the morning.
  • Jack went to Macy’s for a new suit

It is also possible to use go + for + gerund [VerbING] to show the purpose for going to a certain place. However, using go + to + verb or go + for + noun is more common:

  • ABC Seaside Bar is a nice place to go for drinking.
  • ABC Seaside Bar is a nice place to go for a drink.
  • ABC Seaside Bar is a nice place to go to have a drink.

Well, there you have it! I hope you found this English lesson useful. How about trying to write an original sentence using with and one of the patterns I just explained. Use the comment box below!
Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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