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Collocations with GO

Hi dear English learners!  Have you ever been in doubt whether to say “go on a trip” or “go for a trip”? Well, collocations with “go” can be a bit tricky. Let’s clear things out.

We are going to look at four groups of collocations with GO: go on, go for, go + -ing, and go to

GO ON

We normally use go on with travel words such as trip, cruise, tour, journey, holiday, etc. Let’s look at the example sentences.

  • Michael is going on a business trip to Barcelona next week. 
  • They went on a city break to Prague. 
  • Carla has always wanted to go on a cruise across the Mediterranean but her husband doesn’t stand sailing.
  • Barry has taken a year off to go on a journey of self-discovery.
  • Unfortunately, rain has spoiled our plans to go on a picnic.
  • Although we always go on holiday in July, this year we are going in August.
  • While Sandra was singing in a band, they went on tour to Brazil.
  • Can you imagine? We are going on a safari to Uganda! 
  • Right after the wedding, they went on a honeymoon to the Lake District.

We also say:

  • There were no buses available so we had to go on foot.
  • How often do you go online?
  • Sarah went on a date with Malcolm last night.

Collocations with GO

GO FOR

Use the collocation go for with nouns.

  • After lunch, Jack suggested going for a walk. 
  • When we were in Rome, we went for a meal in a lovely restaurant.
  • Philip suggested that we go for a swim.
  • After hundred miles of driving, we took a break and went for a coffee at a nice cafe by the road.
  • Let’s go for a run. It’s a beautiful day!
  • Do you think we could go for a drink after work?
  • Simon will be late for work because he’s gone for a dental check.
  • Instead of watching TV, we could go for a jog along the beach.
  • I’d love to go for a drive to the old town.
  • After breaking his leg, Paul had to go for an x-ray.
  • I’m on a diet so I’ll go for a salad and some boiled vegetables.
  • Did you know that camels can go for months without water?
  • If your dream is to become an architect, then go for it!

Collocations with GO

GO + -ING

We usually use the construction go + -ing to talk about free-time activities

  • John gets up at 5 every morning to go running.
  • We always go camping for our holiday but this year we’re staying in a hotel.
  • My parents usually go food shopping on Saturday morning.
  • I’d love to go hiking in Spain next summer.
  • I love this song! Let’s go dancing!
  • John goes fishing at weekends for relaxation.
  • Mary usually goes cycling along the river bank when the weather is nice.
  • I think it’s dangerous to go mountain climbing alone.
  • The Smiths usually go skiing in January.
  • When we were in Slovenia, we went kayaking down the Sava river.
  • We went ice skating in the ice rink downtown.
  • If the waves are high enough, we can go surfing in the morning.
  • You should never go swimming on a full stomach.

Collocations with GO

GO TO

We normally use go to for places.

  • Why do you always go to bed so early?
  • When I was little, we used to go to church every Sunday morning.
  • Our children go to a nearby elementary school.
  • If the pain doesn’t stop after you’ve taken a painkiller, you should go to the doctor.
  • Shall we go to a concert on Saturday?
  • Greg hates to drive so he usually goes to work by train.
  • I think we should go to the cinema first and have dinner afterwards.
  • Although we usually go to the sea on holiday, this year we’re going to the mountain.
  • Some scientists will be going to Mars soon.
  • Sorry, I can’t come to your party, I have to go to a meeting.

But remember, we don’t use TO with places in these cases:

  • After school, all children went home. (not: went to home).
  • We have to go downtown to pick up our friends (not: go to downtown)
  • I’m going to pick up my passport because we‘re going abroad. (not: going to abroad)
Collocations with GO
Collocations with GO

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