English Phrasal Verbs – go
If food is stored in a hot place for too long, it will ‘go off’.
- I think this fish has gone off. It smells terrible.
- If you don’t keep it in the fridge, it will soon go off.
As time continues, we say that time ‘goes by’.
- One year went by without any news from him.
- Time goes by so slowly.
If you have an experience, you ‘go through’ the experience.
- I went through a lot of problems with my teenage daughter.
- The hurricane was an awful experience to go through.
If you are allowed to start something you can ‘go ahead’.
- The boss said we can go ahead and make the necessary changes.
- We can’t go ahead without approval from Head Office.
If you are ill, you may have ‘gone down with’ a virus.
- I went down with flu and had to take a week off work.
- My son has gone down with mumps.
If people receive news badly, it didn’t ‘go down’ very well.
- The news of the redundancies went down very badly.
- The increase in price has gone down surprisingly well with our customers.
The way you ‘go about’ a job is the way that you handle it.
- You’re not going about this very well.
- He’s not going about the job in the right way and is having a lot of problems.
Every morning, my alarm clock ‘goes off’ too early!
- The burglar alarm went off and scared them away.
- I slept in because my alarm didn’t go off.
If I want you to continue a story, I will say ‘go on’.
- Go on. Tell me more details.
- Please go on. This is very interesting.
If you choose an option, you ‘go for’ that option.
- I’ll go for the larger model.
- Which option will they go for?