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Phrasal verbs with “Go”

So far we have managed to revise quite a few relevant phrasal verbs, however we haven’t had the chance to look into some of the most common ones yet. Today we are going to study those related to the verb go, some of which we are sure you are already familiar with.

 

Go presents a wide range of phrasal verbs. Many of them are quite easy to catch, particularly those related to directions (go up, go down, go in, go out). Other go phrasal verbs are less known to foreigners, but quite common in everyday language. As we will see below, some of these phrasal verbs might have more than one meaning.

 

  • Go about: it is a synonym for “circulate” or do something you normally do in your usual way, for example After the train accident, passers-by went about their daily activities.

 

  • Go along: it can refer to express agreement, or travel as a companion. Let’s see an example of each:
    • I went along with the decision and carried out the orders
    • She wanted to travel to Barcelona, so I offered myself to go along with her

 

  • Go at: synonym for “attack someone or something” (often violently) or employ all your energies in a particular goal or achievement. Examples:
    • The United fans went at the supporters of the rival team, resulting in a tremendous fight.
    • The two children went at the cake as if they hadn’t had anything to eat the whole day

 

  • Go away: synonym for “disappear” or  “leave”. The family cannot be disturbed now, please go away

 

  • Go by: to pass (usually the time) or accept what someone else says or the established rules. For instance:
    • Time goes by really slowly when you are bored
    • We’ll go by Tim’s decision, and we’ll wait for reinforcements.

 

  • Go down: to descend. He went down the stairs and found his wallet at the bottom.

 

  • Go in: to enter. When the doors opened, the crowd went into the store

 

  • Go off. It is used to indicate that food has begun to decompose and hence is no longer edible. Go off also means “explode” as in bombs or weapons.
    • After two weeks in the fridge, the milk went off.

 

  • Go on: to continue. Mark went on about his trip to Kenya, while everybody listened

 

  • Go out. It is usually applied when we leave a building or certain premises, but it is also used when light or fire is extinguished: Shortly after everyone went to bed, the lights went out.

 

  • Go over: to consider or examine something: Let’s go over tomorrow’s agenda, please.

 

  • Go through: As the previous verb, it can have a similar meaning concerning the thorough examination of something. It is also a synonym for “undergo”, usually a difficult or painful experience. How can you talk to her like that after everything she’s gone through?

 

  • Go up: to ascend, literally or in a figurative way. For instance, Sarah went up the stairs to the third floor of the building.

 

  • Go with. It can have several meanings. It is normally used to indicate that something is included together with something else. Example: A great deal of stress goes with this responsibility. Also, it is used to point out that something looks fine when combined with something else, like clothes: That shirt really goes with your trousers

 

  • Go without: it is a synonym for “lack”. We do not have any more rice left, so you will have to go without it.

 

Now, let’s practice a little bit….

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