go

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈgəʊ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/goʊ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(gō)


Inflections of 'go' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": goes
Inflections of 'go' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
goes
v 3rd person singular
going
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
went
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
gone
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
go
The past tense of go is went. The -ed participle is gone.
I went to Paris to visit friends.
Dad has gone to work already.
describing movement
You usually use the verb go to describe movement from one place to another.
leaving
Go is sometimes used to say that someone or something leaves a place.
‘I must go,’ she said.
Our train went at 2.25.
‘have gone’ and ‘have been’
If someone is visiting a place or now lives there, you can say that they have gone there.
He has gone to Argentina.
She'd gone to Tokyo to start a new job.
If someone has visited a place and has now returned, you usually say that they have been there. American speakers sometimes say that they have gone there.
I've never gone to Italy.
I've been to his house many times.
talking about activities
You can use go with an -ing form to talk about activities.
Let's go shopping!
They go running together once a week.
You can also use go with for and a noun phrase to talk about activities.
Would you like to go for a swim?
We're going for a bike ride.
He went for a walk.
Be careful
Don't use go with a to-infinitive to talk about activities. Don't say, for example, ‘He went to walk’.
‘go and’
To go and do something means to move from one place to another in order to do it.
I'll go and see him in the morning.
I went and fetched a glass from the kitchen.
‘be going to’
If you say that something is going to happen, you mean that it will happen soon, or that you intend it to happen.
She told him she was going to leave her job.
I'm not going to let anyone hurt you.
Future time
used to mean ‘become’
Go is sometimes used to mean ‘become’.
The water had gone cold.
I'm going bald.
➜ See become
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