Phrasal Verbs Using 'Go'

Go about

Circulate

Example:A rumour is GOING ABOUT involving the Attorney General.

Go about

Continue to do something; keep busy with something

Example:Despite the threat of conflict, people WENT ABOUT their lives as usual.

Go about

Work on something

Example:You're not GOING ABOUT the problem the right way.

Go across

Move to another side or place

Example:He WENT ACROSS to the opposition.

Go after

Chase, try to get

Example:The cat WENT AFTER the pigeon, but it flew away.

Go against

Lose a decision or a verdict of a court

Example:If the decision GOES AGAINST me, I'll go bankrupt.

Go ahead

Proceed

Example:The construction of the bypass WENT AHEAD despite the protests from environmentalists.

Go ahead with

Proceed

Example:We now intend to GO AHEAD WITH the final stage of the project.

Go along with

Accept a decision or suggestion

Example:I didn't really agree, but I WENT ALONG WITH the decision because I was in the minority.

Go along with

Accompany

Example:I plan to GO ALONG WITH them as far as Los Angeles.

Go around

Circulate

Example:A rumour is GOING AROUND about the Attorney General.

Go around

Be or have enough of something

Example:There aren't enough jobs to GO AROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays.

Go around

Visit

Example:I WENT AROUND for dinner at their house.

Go at

Attack or approach something with vigour

Example:She WENT AT her dinner like she hadn't eaten for days.

Go away

Leave a place or disappear

Example:This drug should make the pain GO AWAY.

Go back

Have a long history

Example:He and I GO BACK a long way- we were at school together.

Go back

Return to, start doing something again

Example:We WENT BACK to work after the break.

Go back on

Break a promise

Example:The government have GONE BACK ON their promise not to raise taxes.

Go before

Precede

Example:We can´t ignore what has GONE BEFORE and pretend that everything has been OK.

Go below

Leave the top deck of a ship

Example:The captain told the passengers to GO BELOW when the storm started.

Go by

The passing of time

Example:Ten years WENT BY before we saw each other again.

Go by

Trust or depend on for correct information

Example:Don't GO BY my watch; it's usually a bit slow.

Go by

Pay a short visit, call

Example:Nobody was at home when I WENT BY yesterday.

Go down

Decrease, get smaller

Example:The price of scanners has GONE DOWN recently.

Go down

Sink

Example:The Titanic WENT DOWN after it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage.

Go down

Sunset

Example:The sun WENT DOWN at seven o'clock.

Go down

Be sent to to prison

Example:He WENT DOWN for ten years for armed robbery.

Go down

Become recorded as or known as

Example:It WENT DOWN as the worst day in the history of the company.

Go down

Be eaten or swallowed

Example:The medicine WENT DOWN easily.

Go down

Fall to the ground

Example:The boxer WENT DOWN in the second round.

Go down

Happen, take place

Example:The police thought that a big crime was GOING DOWN that night.

Go down

Stop working, especially computers

Example:The computer system WENT DOWN for an hour last night.

Go down

Become dimmer

Example:The lights WENT DOWN and the audience stopped talking.

Go down

Be received by people, in terms of their reaction

Example:My joke WENT DOWN very badly.

Go down on

Perform oral sex

Example:He WENT DOWN ON her.

Go down to

Be defeated

Example:Chelsea WENT DOWN TO Arsenal in a thrilling game.

Go down with

Fall ill

Example:She WENT DOWN WITH a virus.

Go down with

Find acceptance

Example:Do you think the scheme will GO DOWN WITH the farmers in the area?

Go for

Attack

Example:The neighbour's dog WENT FOR the postman and bit him.

Go for

Be attracted to

Example:She tends to GO FOR guys like him.

Go for

Choose, select

Example:I'll GO FOR the soup of the day, followed by the duck.

Go for

Try to get

Example:The player WENT FOR the ball but missed.

Go for

Have something favourable

Example:The play didn't have much GOING FOR IT and we left halfway through.

Go for

Pass for or serve as

Example:It's a couch that also GOES FOR a bed.

Go for it

Be assertive and ready to initiate action. (Related to the meaning 'attack')

Example:He was not always successful, but whatever he tried to do he would always GO FOR IT.

Go forth

Leave a place

Example:He WENT FORTH and found a wife in another city.

Go forth

Travel abroad, leave a place

Example:They WENT FORTH to spread the word of the new religion.

Go forward

Move clocks ahead

Example:The clocks MOVE FORWARD an hour on Sunday.

Go forward

Progress

Example:The top three teams GO FORWARD to the next round.

Go in

Go to hospital for treatment, surgery, etc.

Example:He WENT IN for a triple bypass operation two days ago.

Go in

Fit

Example:The cable GOES IN here.

Go in

Disappear, become obscured by a cloud

Example:The sun has GONE IN.

Go in

Attack

Example:The troops WENT IN at dawn.

Go in for

Enter a competition or sit an exam

Example:He WENT IN FOR the photography prize, but didn't win.

Go in for

Support, advocate

Example:I don't GO IN FOR the claims being made about blogging.

Go in for

Like, have an interest in

Example:He GOES IN FOR classical music.

Go in for

Make a career choice

Example:Have you thought about GOING IN FOR teaching?

Go in with

Form a union or alliance

Example:They're going to GO IN WITH the Social Democrats.

Go in with

Join, enter

Example:Ask the other to GO IN WITH them on the plan

Go into

Discuss in some detail

Example:They refused to GO INTO exactly what was wrong.

Go into

Enter a profession, hospital, trade, market

Example:She WENT INTO banking after she'd finished university.

Go into

Begin a speech or description

Example:He WENT INTO a long attack on the way press had handled the issue.

Go into

Be dedicated or devoted

Example:A lot of time and effort WENT INTO this book.

Go into

Be contained in a larger number

Example:Five GOES INTO sixty 12 times

Go it

Behave in a reckless way

Example:Shouting at the boss like that is GOING IT.

Go it

Move or drive very fast

Example:After the traffic jam, he really WENT IT to make up time.

Go it alone

Do something without help

Example:He prefers to GO IT ALONE rather then working with the team.

Go off

Explode (bomb), start ringing (alarm)

Example:The fire alarm WENT OFF because someone was smoking in the toilets.

Go off

Go bad

Example:The milk WENT OFF because I forgot to put it in the fridge.

Go off

Start to dislike

Example:I WENT OFF her when she lied to me.

Go off

Leave a place

Example:Please don't GO OFF until we have sorted this out.

Go off

Take place, follow a plan or pattern

Example:The party WENT OFF well.

Go off

Stop working (electric/electronic equipment)

Example:The lights GO OFF automatically when the office is empty.

Go off with

Elope, run away with someone

Example:She WENT OFF WITH her friend's husband.

Go off with

Steal

Example:He WENT OFF WITH my credit cards.

Go on

Continue

Example:He WENT ON and ON talking and I was so bored.

Go on

Happen

Example:There are loads of people out in the street; what's GOING ON?

Go on

Start doing or taking something

Example:She WENT ON the pill when she met him.

Go on

Be guided

Example:The investigators have no clues to GO ON.

Go on

Be nearly a certain period of time

Example:It's GOING ON ten years since we met.

Go on

Progress

Example:They asked me how the project was GOING ON.

Go on

Spend money

Example:Most of my salary GOES ON my mortgage repayments.

Go on

Start working (electric/electronic equipment)

Example:The alarm GOES ON when you close the front door.

Go on about

Talk too much

Example:He's always GOING ON ABOUT his kids.

Go on at

Pester, try to make someone do something by repeatedly asking or suggesting

Example:He WENT ON AT his parents until they bought him the game.

Go on to

Proceed

Example:We had dinner and WENT ON TO a few bars.

Go on with

Continue doing

Example:Please GO ON WITH your work.

Go one

A way of encouraging someone

Example:GO ON, apply for the job.

Go out

Stop burning, be extinguished

Example:The candle WENT OUT and left us in darkness.

Go out

Leave a place

Example:He WENT OUT last night.

Go out

Go on strike

Example:The workers WENT OUT for more money.

Go out

Become infashionable

Example:That sort of tie WENT OUT last year.

Go out

Move backwards, of a tide

Example:The tide GOES OUT in the evening.

Go out

Be eliminated in a competition

Example:England WENT OUT in the second round.

Go out

Be transmitted

Example:The item WENT OUT on the news yesterday.

Go out

Be sent

Example:The newsletter WENT OUT last night.

Go out

Intend

Example:I didn't GO OUT to offend them.

Go out for

Become a candidate, apply for something

Example:She WENT OUT FOR a place on the team.

Go out to

Feel sympathy with someone

Example:Our condolences GO OUT TO all the families who have lost people in this tragic accident.

Go out with

Have a relationship with

Example:He's been GOING OUT WITH his girlfriend for around six months now.

Go over

Look at something, revise

Example:We WENT OVER our notes before the exam.

Go over

Visit

Example:I hadn't seen her for a while, so I WENT OVER on Friday night.

Go over

Be approved or accepted

Example:My plans WENT OVER well.

Go over

Repeat or explain

Example:Could you GO OVER that point again, please?

Go over

Clean

Example:I WENT OVER the living room with the vacuum cleaner before they arrived.

Go over to

Go on a journey

Example:I'm GOING OVER TO Hong Kong next month.

Go over to

Become converted

Example:She WENT OVER TO Islam when she was living in the Middle East.

Go over to

Change to something different

Example:I used to drink beer but I have GONE OVER TO wine.

Go past

Pass without stopping

Example:She WENT PAST me without saying hello.

Go round

Be or have enough of something

Example:There aren't enough jobs to GO ROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays.

Go round

Circulate

Example:There's a nasty rumour GOING ROUND about them.

Go round

Visit

Example:I WENT ROUND last night to see them.

Go through

Experience

Example:You wouldn't believe what I WENT THROUGH when I was ill!

Go through

Read again

Example:I WENT THROUGH my notes before the exam.

Go through

Examine, search

Example:I WENT THROUGH my desk looking for the letter.

Go through

Do something in a certain way or following certain procedures

Example:You must GO THROUGH the proper channels to get the approval.

Go through

Explain

Example:He WENT THROUGH his ideas twice but I couldn't really understand them.

Go through

Be approved formally or sanctioned

Example:My divorce WENT THROUGH last week.

Go through

Enter

Example:They said I could GO THROUGH the exam room.

Go through

Consume or spend

Example:We WENT THROUGH a fortune on our holiday.

Go through

Perform or carry something out

Example:I WENT THROUGH my work in a daze after I heard the news.

Go through with

Do or complete something you've agreed to

Example:He did promise, but I doubt that he'll GO THROUGH WITH it.

Go to

Allocate money

Example:About half of my income GOES TO pay the mortgage.

Go together

Harmonize or be compatible

Example:Drinking and driving don't GO TOGETHER.

Go towards

Contibute

Example:The money WENT TOWARDS my university fees.

Go under

Go bankrupt

Example:Many small shops are GOING UNDER because they cannot compete with the supermarkets.

Go under

Lose consciousness

Example:She WENT UNDER a few minutes after they administered the anaesthetic.

Go under

Sink

Example:The ship WENT UNDER in a heavy storm.

Go up

Rise or climb

Example:The price of petrol has GONE UP sharply because of the increase in duty in the Government's budget.

Go up

Approach

Example:We WENT UP and asked them for some information about the courses.

Go up

Be built

Example:Skyscrapers are GOING UP everywhere in the city centre.

Go up

Be heard

Example:A huge cheer WENT UP when the president arrived.

Go up

Be promoted

Example:The top three teams GO UP at the end of the season.

Go up to

Approach

Example:She WENT UP TO him and asked him if he wanted a drink.

Go up to

Attend a university

Example:She WENT UP TO Cambridge after she finished secondary school.

Go up to

Reach

Example:The book only GOES UP TO the start of the Second World War.

Go with

Combine nicely

Example:Does this tie GO WITH my shirt?

Go with

Accompany

Example:A lot of benefits GO WITH the job.

Go with

Accept, agree to

Example:We're GOING WITH our original plan in the end.

Go with

Date, have a relationship with

Example:She's been GOING WITH him since she was at university.

Go without

Not have

Example:I had to GO WITHOUT lunch today because I didn't have any time.

Go without

Cope without having something

Example:They're not coming, so we'll have to GO WITHOUT their help.

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