English Phrasal Verbs

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

'to go down' means to get smaller or decrease.

  • They are much cheaper than before. The price has gone down by at least ten percent.
  • The price of laptop computers has gone down considerably over the last five years.

'to go down' can also mean be received or be reacted to.

  • Everybody laughed. I think my speech went down well.
  • The news didn't go down well. Everyone is now worried about their jobs.

'to go for' means to choose.

  • He doesn't like spending money so he went for the cheapest option.
  • We have decided to go for the house in Dunbar Street. It's lovely.

'to go in' means to enter.

  • He went in his office and closed the door.
  • She didn't knock on the door, she just went in.

'to go in' can also mean to fit in something.

  • I've got too many clothes. They won't go in my suitcase.
  • The sofa is too big. It won't go in the sitting room.

'to go into' means to describe something in detail.

  • We can talk about the problem later. I don't want to go ;into it now.
  • We don't have time to go into all the details.

'to go into' can also mean to enter a place.

  • She often goes into that shop and tries on lots of clothes but never buys anything.
  • We'll go into the sitting room. We'll be more comfortable there.

'to go off' means to stop functioning (of a light, electricity or heating).

  • I was only half way up the stairs when the light went off.
  • The heating goes off at midnight and comes back on before we get up.

'to go off' can also mean to stop liking someone or something.

  • I used to love this café but I've gone off it since the waiter changed.
  • I don't want to do it now. I've gone off the idea.

'to go off' can also mean to decay or go bad.

  • I think the milk has gone off. It smells.
  • Don't eat it, it has gone off.


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