Essential Grammar in Use

55 go to … / go on … / go for … / go -ing

55 go to … / go on … / go for … / go -ing

A go to … (go to work / go to London / go to a concert etc.)

◌ What time do you usually go to work?
◌ I’m going to China next week.
◌ Sophie didn’t want to go to the concert.
◌ ‘Where’s Tom?’ ‘He’s gone to bed.’
◌ I went to the dentist yesterday.

go to sleep = start to sleep :

◌ I was very tired and went to sleep quickly.

go home (without to)

◌ I’m going home now. (not going to home)

B go on …

go on holiday
go on a trip
go on a tour
go on a cruise
go on strike

◌ We’re going on holiday next week.
◌ Children often go on school trips.
◌ Workers at the airport have gone on strike. (= they are refusing to work)

C go for …

go (somewhere) for a walk
go (somewhere) for a run
go (somewhere) for a swim
go (somewhere) for a drink
go (somewhere) for a meal

◌ ‘Where’s Emma?’ ‘She’s gone for a walk.’
◌ Do you go for a run every morning?
◌ The water looks nice. I’m going for a swim.
◌ I met Chris in town, so we went for coffee.
◌ Shall we go out for a meal? I know a good restaurant.

D go + -ing

We use go + –ing for many sports (swimming / skiing etc.) and also shopping.

I go shopping
He is going swimming
We went fishing
They have gone sailing
She wants to go skiing
You go jogging

◌ Are you going shopping this afternoon?
◌ It’s a nice day. Let’s go swimming. (or Let’s go for a swim.)
◌ Richard has a small boat and he often goes sailing.
◌ I went jogging before breakfast this morning.