The verb “go” is a very common verb in English. It is used in lots of different situations.
Form of the verb “go”
“go” is an irregular verb.
he / she / it goes
Past participle: gone
Past simple form: went
Meaning of the verb “go”
The common meaning of “go” is to travel or move to another place.
Jane is going to the airport.
However, “go” is also used in many English expressions, idioms and phrasal verbs.
In this lesson, you will learn 6 phrasal verbs with “go”:
We often use “go with” to describe clothes, colours, tastes and appearances.
To look good together.
To taste good together.
The tie goes with the jacket.
We often add the adverb “well” between “go” and “with“:
The tie goes well with the jacket.
Jane’s lipstick goes well with her dress.
The wine went well with the cheese.
“go off” has three different meanings, depending on the context.
“go off” – Meaning 1
A bomb has gone off in the city centre.
“go off” – Meaning 2
To make a loud noise / to ring loudly.
The alarm clock is going off.
I’m sorry I’m late. My alarm clock didn’t go off this morning.
“go off” – Meaning 3
If food or drink goes off, it is no longer good to eat / drink.
The milk has gone off. Don’t drink it!
To examine, review or look at something in a careful or detailed way.
They are going over the accounts.
Teacher: Let’s go over the answers to the exercise.
Student: I went over my essay and checked it for spelling mistakes.
There is a lot of noise in the classroom. What is going on?
Jane: How was your job interview?
Sarah: Oh gosh, it was terrible!
Jane: Why? What went on?
To leave a room or building, often for a social event.
To not stay at home.
John enjoys going out at the weekend.
Mark: What would you like to do tonight?
Jane: Let’s go out for a meal.
Jane: What did you and David do last night?
Sarah: We went out for a drink.
“go by” has two different meanings, depending on the context.
“go by” – Meaning 1
To pass (time).
I’m sad the holiday is finished. Time goes by too quickly.
Where is she? Five hours have gone by since she called.
“go by” – Meaning 2
To pass (physically).
A bus is going by.
I go by my parents’ house every morning.
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