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USING THE WORD GO

10 Super Ways To Use Go

Today’s list is awesome because it’s all about growing your vocabulary and sounding more natural by using more common phrases and expressions. To narrow down the scope, I’m going to focus on ten ways to use the word go. Here goes…

#10

ON THE GO

Do you have a job or a schedule that keeps you active all day? If your answer is yes, then this expression is for you! “On the go” means very busy. Imagine you have a day where you have to drop off your kids at school, then hit the gym for a workout, followed by a trip to the dry-cleaner’s to pick something up, and you’re at work by 9:30 AM, and your first meeting with your boss starts in 5 minutes! You’re definitely on the go!

#9

GO DOWN and GO UP

These two phrasal verbs are pretty clear because of the prepositions (DOWN and UP). Go up means to rise, or get higher and go down is the opposite—to drop or lower. Like,  “I watched the my stocks go up.” “Go down the stairs and then turn left.”

#8

GO CRAZY

This idiom means that someone feels annoyed or stressed or even angry. It’s used to describe a person who overreacts or acts irrationally. “He goes crazy anytime someone touches his new car.”

 

#7

GO OVER TO SOMEONE’S (PLACE)

You can use this phrasal verb when you visit someone at their home. It’s usually used for social visits. “I went over to my sister’s for lunch yesterday.” It’s convenient to use because we don’t need to use the word "house" or "apartment". And again, it's natural.

#6

GO OVER SOMETHING

If you’re really serious about learning anything, you probably take notes. And then later, you go over them (meaning to review or examine closely).  “I’m going to go over my monthly expenses on Sunday and make sure I’m on budget.”

#5

GO ON AND ON (AND ON AND ON) ABOUT SOMETHING

Another super phrasal verb— go on means to talk too much, or to talk too much about a specific topic. “My dad went on and on about the desk he was building, and after a while I just stopped listening.”

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#4

GO, “...”

Take a look at this example sentence and see if you can make out the meaning of “went.” (Remember, “went” is the past form of “go”.) “I was on the bus yesterday, and this woman sat down beside me and went, “Where am I?” And I went, “You’re on the bus.” And she went, “Oh. But what city am I in?”

 

Did you guess that in this case go means “to say?” If so, you got it! We use this verb when we are telling someone what someone else said, by using direct speech. That means we are quoting the person word for word, rather than just summarizing their main points.

 

#3

GIVE SOMETHING A GO

Want to try a new game, dish, or exercise routine? Our daily lives are full of first tries. That’s why this expression is so great—it means to try something. As in, “Let’s just give this new app a go, and if we don’t like it, we can delete it.”

#2

GET FOOD TO GO

When you want to get food from a restaurant and bring it home instead of eating it there, you can ask for it “to go”. You can also use this short phrase when you have eaten a meal at a restaurant, but you can’t finish it all. Just tell the server that you’d like the whatever is leftover to go. I usually say, "Can I get this to go please?"

 

# 1

GO BAD

Have you ever woken up and made yourself a nice cup of coffee or tea, only to find out that your milk had expired or smelled funny? Or maybe you were about to make dinner but realized the beef you were going to use smelled terrible and had to be thrown away. Use the expression, “go bad.” For instance, “Did the milk go bad? I hate drinking my coffee black.”

 

 

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.
- Robert Frost

BONUS!

HOW’S IT GOING?

When you see a friend or acquaintance, which means someone you don’t know very well, this is a great informal way to ask “How are you?” Common replies are “Good”, “Great”, “Pretty good”, “Not bad” and “Same old, same old.”

 

So how’s it going with you? Did you find this useful? Are there more expressions you would like to know about? Try writing some “go” phrases in the comments below!

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