Phrasal Verbs Using 'Go'
Example:A rumour is GOING ABOUT involving the Attorney General.
Continue to do something; keep busy with something
Example:Despite the threat of conflict, people WENT ABOUT their lives as usual.
Work on something
Example:You're not GOING ABOUT the problem the right way.
Move to another side or place
Example:He WENT ACROSS to the opposition.
Chase, try to get
Example:The cat WENT AFTER the pigeon, but it flew away.
Lose a decision or a verdict of a court
Example:If the decision GOES AGAINST me, I'll go bankrupt.
Example:The construction of the bypass WENT AHEAD despite the protests from environmentalists.
Example:We now intend to GO AHEAD WITH the final stage of the project.
Accept a decision or suggestion
Example:I didn't really agree, but I WENT ALONG WITH the decision because I was in the minority.
Example:I plan to GO ALONG WITH them as far as Los Angeles.
Example:A rumour is GOING AROUND about the Attorney General.
Be or have enough of something
Example:There aren't enough jobs to GO AROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays.
Example:I WENT AROUND for dinner at their house.
Attack or approach something with vigour
Example:She WENT AT her dinner like she hadn't eaten for days.
Leave a place or disappear
Example:This drug should make the pain GO AWAY.
Have a long history
Example:He and I GO BACK a long way- we were at school together.
Return to, start doing something again
Example:We WENT BACK to work after the break.
Break a promise
Example:The government have GONE BACK ON their promise not to raise taxes.
Example:We can´t ignore what has GONE BEFORE and pretend that everything has been OK.
Leave the top deck of a ship
Example:The captain told the passengers to GO BELOW when the storm started.
The passing of time
Example:Ten years WENT BY before we saw each other again.
Trust or depend on for correct information
Example:Don't GO BY my watch; it's usually a bit slow.
Pay a short visit, call
Example:Nobody was at home when I WENT BY yesterday.
Decrease, get smaller
Example:The price of scanners has GONE DOWN recently.
Example:The Titanic WENT DOWN after it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage.
Example:The sun WENT DOWN at seven o'clock.
Be sent to to prison
Example:He WENT DOWN for ten years for armed robbery.
Become recorded as or known as
Example:It WENT DOWN as the worst day in the history of the company.
Be eaten or swallowed
Example:The medicine WENT DOWN easily.
Fall to the ground
Example:The boxer WENT DOWN in the second round.
Happen, take place
Example:The police thought that a big crime was GOING DOWN that night.
Stop working, especially computers
Example:The computer system WENT DOWN for an hour last night.
Example:The lights WENT DOWN and the audience stopped talking.
Be received by people, in terms of their reaction
Example:My joke WENT DOWN very badly.
Perform oral sex
Example:He WENT DOWN ON her.
Example:Chelsea WENT DOWN TO Arsenal in a thrilling game.
Example:She WENT DOWN WITH a virus.
Example:Do you think the scheme will GO DOWN WITH the farmers in the area?
Example:The neighbour's dog WENT FOR the postman and bit him.
Be attracted to
Example:She tends to GO FOR guys like him.
Example:I'll GO FOR the soup of the day, followed by the duck.
Try to get
Example:The player WENT FOR the ball but missed.
Have something favourable
Example:The play didn't have much GOING FOR IT and we left halfway through.
Pass for or serve as
Example:It's a couch that also GOES FOR a bed.
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.
Leave a place
Example:He WENT FORTH and found a wife in another city.
Travel abroad, leave a place
Example:They WENT FORTH to spread the word of the new religion.
Move clocks ahead
Example:The clocks MOVE FORWARD an hour on Sunday.
Example:The top three teams GO FORWARD to the next round.
Go to hospital for treatment, surgery, etc.
Example:He WENT IN for a triple bypass operation two days ago.
Example:The cable GOES IN here.
Disappear, become obscured by a cloud
Example:The sun has GONE IN.
Example:The troops WENT IN at dawn.
Enter a competition or sit an exam
Example:He WENT IN FOR the photography prize, but didn't win.
Example:I don't GO IN FOR the claims being made about blogging.
Like, have an interest in
Example:He GOES IN FOR classical music.
Make a career choice
Example:Have you thought about GOING IN FOR teaching?
Form a union or alliance
Example:They're going to GO IN WITH the Social Democrats.
Example:Ask the other to GO IN WITH them on the plan
Discuss in some detail
Example:They refused to GO INTO exactly what was wrong.
Enter a profession, hospital, trade, market
Example:She WENT INTO banking after she'd finished university.
Begin a speech or description
Example:He WENT INTO a long attack on the way press had handled the issue.
Be dedicated or devoted
Example:A lot of time and effort WENT INTO this book.
Be contained in a larger number
Example:Five GOES INTO sixty 12 times
Behave in a reckless way
Example:Shouting at the boss like that is GOING IT.
Move or drive very fast
Example:After the traffic jam, he really WENT IT to make up time.
Do something without help
Example:He prefers to GO IT ALONE rather then working with the team.
Explode (bomb), start ringing (alarm)
Example:The fire alarm WENT OFF because someone was smoking in the toilets.
Example:The milk WENT OFF because I forgot to put it in the fridge.
Start to dislike
Example:I WENT OFF her when she lied to me.
Leave a place
Example:Please don't GO OFF until we have sorted this out.
Take place, follow a plan or pattern
Example:The party WENT OFF well.
Stop working (electric/electronic equipment)
Example:The lights GO OFF automatically when the office is empty.
Elope, run away with someone
Example:She WENT OFF WITH her friend's husband.
Example:He WENT OFF WITH my credit cards.
Example:He WENT ON and ON talking and I was so bored.
Example:There are loads of people out in the street; what's GOING ON?
Start doing or taking something
Example:She WENT ON the pill when she met him.
Example:The investigators have no clues to GO ON.
Be nearly a certain period of time
Example:It's GOING ON ten years since we met.
Example:They asked me how the project was GOING ON.
Example:Most of my salary GOES ON my mortgage repayments.
Start working (electric/electronic equipment)
Example:The alarm GOES ON when you close the front door.
Talk too much
Example:He's always GOING ON ABOUT his kids.
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.
Example:We had dinner and WENT ON TO a few bars.
Example:Please GO ON WITH your work.
A way of encouraging someone
Example:GO ON, apply for the job.
Stop burning, be extinguished
Example:The candle WENT OUT and left us in darkness.
Leave a place
Example:He WENT OUT last night.
Go on strike
Example:The workers WENT OUT for more money.
Example:That sort of tie WENT OUT last year.
Move backwards, of a tide
Example:The tide GOES OUT in the evening.
Be eliminated in a competition
Example:England WENT OUT in the second round.
Example:The item WENT OUT on the news yesterday.
Example:The newsletter WENT OUT last night.
Example:I didn't GO OUT to offend them.
Become a candidate, apply for something
Example:She WENT OUT FOR a place on the team.
Feel sympathy with someone
Example:Our condolences GO OUT TO all the families who have lost people in this tragic accident.
Have a relationship with
Example:He's been GOING OUT WITH his girlfriend for around six months now.
Look at something, revise
Example:We WENT OVER our notes before the exam.
Example:I hadn't seen her for a while, so I WENT OVER on Friday night.
Be approved or accepted
Example:My plans WENT OVER well.
Repeat or explain
Example:Could you GO OVER that point again, please?
Example:I WENT OVER the living room with the vacuum cleaner before they arrived.
Go on a journey
Example:I'm GOING OVER TO Hong Kong next month.
Example:She WENT OVER TO Islam when she was living in the Middle East.
Change to something different
Example:I used to drink beer but I have GONE OVER TO wine.
Pass without stopping
Example:She WENT PAST me without saying hello.
Be or have enough of something
Example:There aren't enough jobs to GO ROUND for the numbers of people graduating nowadays.
Example:There's a nasty rumour GOING ROUND about them.
Example:I WENT ROUND last night to see them.
Example:You wouldn't believe what I WENT THROUGH when I was ill!
Example:I WENT THROUGH my notes before the exam.
Example:I WENT THROUGH my desk looking for the letter.
Do something in a certain way or following certain procedures
Example:You must GO THROUGH the proper channels to get the approval.
Example:He WENT THROUGH his ideas twice but I couldn't really understand them.
Be approved formally or sanctioned
Example:My divorce WENT THROUGH last week.
Example:They said I could GO THROUGH the exam room.
Consume or spend
Example:We WENT THROUGH a fortune on our holiday.
Perform or carry something out
Example:I WENT THROUGH my work in a daze after I heard the news.
Do or complete something you've agreed to
Example:He did promise, but I doubt that he'll GO THROUGH WITH it.
Example:About half of my income GOES TO pay the mortgage.
Harmonize or be compatible
Example:Drinking and driving don't GO TOGETHER.
Example:The money WENT TOWARDS my university fees.
Example:Many small shops are GOING UNDER because they cannot compete with the supermarkets.
Example:She WENT UNDER a few minutes after they administered the anaesthetic.
Example:The ship WENT UNDER in a heavy storm.
Rise or climb
Example:The price of petrol has GONE UP sharply because of the increase in duty in the Government's budget.
Example:We WENT UP and asked them for some information about the courses.
Example:Skyscrapers are GOING UP everywhere in the city centre.
Example:A huge cheer WENT UP when the president arrived.
Example:The top three teams GO UP at the end of the season.
Example:She WENT UP TO him and asked him if he wanted a drink.
Attend a university
Example:She WENT UP TO Cambridge after she finished secondary school.
Example:The book only GOES UP TO the start of the Second World War.
Example:Does this tie GO WITH my shirt?
Example:A lot of benefits GO WITH the job.
Accept, agree to
Example:We're GOING WITH our original plan in the end.
Date, have a relationship with
Example:She's been GOING WITH him since she was at university.
Example:I had to GO WITHOUT lunch today because I didn't have any time.
Cope without having something
Example:They're not coming, so we'll have to GO WITHOUT their help.