The English verb TO GO (past tense – WENT, past perfect – GONE) has many uses and meanings. Let’s look at some of the common expressions with GO with examples and dialogue.
English Expressions with GO
TO GO means to travel, to move along, to depart.
ex. I was asked to go to the new office next week to help them get organised.
Will you go by train or by car?
He went home after the meal was finished as he wanted to call his friend by skype.
The English verb TO GO can be used to describe a changing state (GO + -ING). This has many uses as follows:
when your hair colour changes from brown or black to grey, associated with ageing
ex. His hair was going grey. He blamed all the stress he was under( could also use “his hair was turning grey”).
when you hair’s beginning to thin out, bald patch appears on top of your head and gradually gets bigger
ex. When he went to the barbers shop the barber told him he was going bald and recommended a new shampoo that might help.
when your eyesight deteriorates (gets worse) gradually until eventually you are unable to see at all
ex. He noticed a change in his eyesight over several months. The letters and text were difficult to read and he kept bumping into objects. The doctor told him he was going blind.
to feel that everything is getting too much for you or on top of you
ex. The neighbours were always shouting and playing their music very loud. He had a permanent headache and thought he was going mad. His doctor told him to take a holiday and relax.
English Collocations with GO - Infographic
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1. to release grasp, to stop holding something;
2. stop thinking and feeling sad (or angry) over things that happened in the past
I am sure most of you heard the song “Let it go” from Disney’s cartoon “Frozen”:
Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
GOING is also used informally as a type of greeting in some countries.
How’s it going? = How are you or how are you doing.
Figure of Speech with the verb TO GO:
When the going gets tough the tough get going. = When things are difficult the strong (tough) people come out on top.
Expressions with GO - Dialogue
In order to gain a better understanding of how to use common English expressions with GO let’s take a look at this short dialogue:
MUM: Hi John, this is Mum here.
JOHN: Hi Mum, how’s it going?
MUM: Fine thanks. I just wanted to know when are you going to call around and collect that package that arrived in the post?
JOHN: Oh. Yeah, I forgot about it. Well, I am going out tonight with that girl I met last week so it will be at the weekend before I can collect it.
MUM: Ok. I am going to visit your Granny on Saturday so just let yourself in with your key.She is not too well
JOHN: Oh dear. What did the doctor say to Gran when she went to the hospital last week?
MUM: He told her to take some rest and the bug will go eventually.
JOHN: Ok, tell her I was asking after her. How’s Dad keeping?
MUM: Your father is very worried he thinks he is going bald. He noticed a bald patch yesterday.
JOHN: Oh, he’s probably going mad about that. Look I have to go I am due back to work soon. I will call you soon. Bye
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