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    go at vs go for

    I am confused between "at" and "for" in this following multiple-choice question because both "go at" and "go for" mean "attack"

    A half-savage mongrel went ____ the tramp as the man approached the farm.
    At; against; upon; for

    Please help me to work out the correct choice.
    Thanks very much in advance

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    Re: go at vs go for

    A half-savage mongrel went ____ the tramp as the man approached the farm.

    It's true that in this sentence both would work, but 'went for' is the most common way to say it.

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    Re: go at vs go for

    I am a student of English.

    There is no ambiguity when it comes to go at. But, I feel, go for, apart from having one meaning attack, could also mean going for it to have it in one's own possession.. Is my interpretation correct?

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    Re: go at vs go for

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    I am a student of English.

    There is no ambiguity when it comes to go at. But, I feel, go for, apart from having one meaning attack, could also mean going for it to have it in one's own possession.. Is my interpretation correct?
    'To go at' has more than one use, for example; 'to have a go at' = to try.

    It's true that 'to go for' also has more than one use, but 'went for' is the usual expression in the context of the original question.

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