How to use the verb ‘go’ in English


go + -ing

We use go + -ing verb for many sports, and also some other activities like shopping, dancing, clubbing, etc. 

  • I want to go shopping this afternoon.
  • We went kayaking on Lake Michigan.

go to


We don’t use the in the expressions go to work and go to bed.

  • What time do you go to work?
  • I’m tired. I‘m going to bed


We say go to school or go to university without the to mean that go to those places as students.

  • They couldn’t go to school for a few days because of the snow.
  • Almost 40% of young people go to university


We say go to prison when someone is taken there as a prisoner.

  • He could go to prison if the judge finds him guilty. 

go to a/the

We use go to a/the + nouns describing places or events. We use go to + the before nouns of places that we typically go in the city.

  • I need to go to the dentist
  • I‘m going to the bank

You can know when we use a or the by checking the use of articles in English.

go for a

We use go for a before nouns describing acitivities, such as a swim, a run, a walk, a ride, a drink, etc.

  • The weather is great today. I’m going to go for a swim.
  • I have a new bike. Would you like togo for a ride with me?

go on a

We use go on a before nouns related to holidays, trips or similar, such as holiday, trip, journey, excursion, tour, cruise, etc.

  • He went on a cruise with his family.
  • Let’sgo on an excursion to explore the area. 

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