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It’s widely known that English contains a vast array of phrasal verbs. You’ll be introduced to those that appear to be among the most frequently used “go” phrasal verbs.

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It’s widely known that English is rich in phrasal verbs.

Regrettably, within a single article, it’s not possible to cover all the ways the English word “go” is used in phrasal verbs. Nonetheless, I’ll delve into those that appear to be the most commonly used.

Keep in mind that a phrasal verb is a construction comprising a verb and another element, usually an adverb or preposition.

  •      Go on with

English is well-known for its abundance of phrasal verbs.

Unfortunately, a single article cannot encompass all the various usages of the English word “go” in phrasal verbs. Nevertheless, I will explore the ones that seem to be most frequently employed.

Remember that a phrasal verb is a structure that consists of a verb and another element, typically an adverb or preposition.

  •      Go in for

Recall the expression “go in for sports”? Well, the phrasal verb “go in for” signifies engaging in something, starting to do something on a regular basis. It is also applicable beyond sports.

Example:

Are you participating in the test?

  •      Go without

This phrasal verb denotes refraining, choosing not to participate, or doing without something that is not essential.

For instance:

A camel can abstain from water for several months.

I cannot do without coffee for even a single day. = I’m so addicted to it.

  •  Go out with

The final phrasal verb in our article, “go out with,” indicates dating someone or having a romantic relationship with them.

For instance:

Jason and Mary dated each other for three years before getting engaged.

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  •      Go off

This English phrasal verb simply refers to making a noise, exploding, or bursting. It can also indicate discontinuing the consumption of a specific type of food.

It does not signify leaving a room or location, as it might initially appear.

Examples:

My alarm clock made a noise at 7 a.m.

I’m discontinuing the consumption of dairy products, as I suspect I have a milk allergy.

  •      Go over

This phrasal verb implies examining something, either by reviewing, rereading it for accuracy, or simply familiarizing oneself with it.

For example:

You should review the report. = You should carefully look through it before submitting.

  •      Go through

Besides carrying the meaning of the previous phrasal verb, “to review or check,” the second meaning involves experiencing a particular thing or situation, often referring to something challenging.

Consider these examples:

I reviewed the reports.

She experienced a difficult divorce.

  •      Go with

This phrasal verb signifies matching or being in harmony with, commonly used in the context of clothing.

Example:

The grey shirt complements the denim, don’t you think?

  •    Go back on

The definition of this phrasal verb is to break a promise or fail to keep one’s word, not following through on what was stated. A similar expression is “to let down.”

For example:

John has failed to keep his word, so I can no longer trust him.

  •      Go down

This phrasal verb indicates a decrease or reduction.

For example:

The stock market experienced a sudden decline.

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