The verb go has a variety of prepositions that follow it and each one has a different meaning. Today, I’m going to show you how to use this English grammar.
We use go + to + [place] when we show movement in the direction of a place. Before the place, you need to:
- I am going to NYC today.
- Jack goes to his office by bicycle.
- Jenny went to Cancun last month and had a great time.
Keep in mind we don’t use to before: home, there, here, somewhere, uptown, and downtown.
- I have to go uptown for a meeting. Not: I have to go to uptown for a meeting.
- Jack went home after work today. Not: Jack went to home after work today.
We use go + to + place + to+ verb when we show the purpose of the movement:
- Jenny went to Cancun to relax for a week.
- I am going to NYC to meet one of my students.
- Jack went to his office to pick up his keys.
In casual English conversation, it is also possible to use go + verb to show the purpose of the movement:
- Let’s go get some pizza. I’m hungry.
- I’m going to go have a cup of coffee after work.
- I have to go look for a present for my sister’s birthday.
We also use go + for + [noun] when we show the purpose of the movement:
- I go for pizza all the time.
- Let’s go for lunch tomorrow.
- Ken goes for a haircut every other week.
We use go + in to mean enter:
- When I go in there I always enjoy the atmosphere.
- Let’s go in this shop. It looks interesting.
- Jenny went in the station to ask about the train schedule.