go to, go on, go for, go -ing

I. 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 France next week.
  • Tom didn’t want to go to the concert. –
  • ‘Where’s Ann?’    ‘She’s gone to bed.’
  • I went to the dentist last week.

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’)

II. go to

go on

go on

a trip
a tour

an excursion a cruise strike

  • We’re going on holiday next week.
  • Children often go on school trips.
  • When we were in Scodand, we went on a lot of excursions to different places.
  • The workers have gone on strike. (= they are refusing to work)

III. go for …

go (somewhere) for

a walk
a run
a swim a drink a meal a holiday
  • ‘Where’s Ann?’    ‘She’s gone for a walk.’
  • Do you go for a run every day?
  • The sea looks nice. Let’s go for a swim.
  • We went for a drink after work yesterday.
  • Shall we go out for a meal? I know a good restaurant.
  • They’ve gone to Scodand for a holiday.
    (We say ‘on holiday’ but ‘for a holiday’.)

IV.  go + -ing

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

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