English Phrasal Verbs

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This lesson is the first lesson about using the verb 'to go' combined with particles. Here are some of the most common:

'to go about' means to deal with or tackle a task or job.

  • Do you know how to enrol on the course? I don't know how to go about it.
  • How can I go about getting a copy of my birth certificate?

'to go after' means to try to get.

  • I sent in my application today. I'm going after that job.
  • He went after a very well paid job but didn't get it.

'to go after' can also mean to follow or chase.

  • Michelle left suddenly then Pierre went after her.
  • I didn't go after her when she left. I think she needed to be on her own.

'to go ahead' means to begin or proceed with something.

  • Even though the risks were high, we decided to go ahead with the project.
  • It went ahead without any problems. We're very happy.

'to go along with' means to agree with a person or idea.

  • I said it wouldn't work. I didn't go along with it from the beginning.
  • In the end, he went along with Jack even though he had said he agreed with me.

'to go away' means to leave a place or a person's company.

  • Did you stay at home or did you go away over the holidays?
  • Please go away. I'd like to be alone for a while.

'to go back' means to return to a place.

  • We had a great holiday in Spain last year. We are going back this year.
  • I had forgotten my passport and had to go back to get it.

'to go back on' means to change your position on a promise or agreement.

  • I said I would do it. I can't go back on it now.
  • He went back on his promise and didn't help me out.

'to go by' for time means to pass

  • A couple of hours went by before he phoned me back.
  • Twenty years went by before I saw him again.

'to go by' can also mean to go past or pass

  • I love sitting at a street café watching the world go by.
  • He didn't see me. He just went by without saying a word.


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