In this bite-sized lesson, you’ll learn some phrasal verbs with “go.” English phrasal verbs can be tricky for learners! And boring English grammar lessons, like the ones you had in school, make learning phrasal verbs even more difficult! In this series, we make it easy and fun! We take clips from your favorite English-language TV shows to help you memorize common verbs. Let’s go!

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English Phrasal Verbs with “Go”

Review: what is a phrasal verb?

If you read the first article in our series about English phrasal verbs, you know that a phrasal verb is a verb that’s paired with another word, usually a preposition. The second word modifies the meaning of the verb.

Read through the table below, which introduces several different English phrasal verbs using “to go.” You’ll find a definition, plus an example sentence to help you learn how to use each phrasal verb. Learn the difference between several English phrasal verbs with “go,” and how to use them in different contexts.

Then, watch Lizzie’s video below to test your knowledge! This quiz features Pam and Ryan from The Office, a famous American sitcom. First, watch the scene, then use your knowledge to decide which one fits.

Phrasal VerbDefinitionExample
to goto move from one place to anotherI go to the park every day.
to go backto return to a place or return to doing somethingChildren go back to school after the holidays.
to go upto move higher or to increasePrices will go up soon due to the crisis.
to go outto go somewhereLet's go out tonight!
to go onto continueI'm sorry I interrupted you, go on please.
to go into enterLook, my favorite store! Let's go in!
to go by1. to pass someplace
2. to be called a certain name
I go by a delicious bakery on my way to work.
My name is William, but I go by Will.
to go overto check or review somethingWe need to go over this contract.
to go awayto disappearThe medication should make the pain go away.
to go throughto experience or endure something, usually negativeShe's gone through a lot in order to achieve what she has.


Watch: English Phrasal Verbs with “Go” – Go Over VS Go Out

Watch Lizzie explain the phrasal verbs “go over” and “go out” below, or on our YouTube channel. The video is in English, but there are subtitles available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. Click the “Settings” gear at the bottom right to turn them on. You can also change the playback speed.

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Phrasal Verbs Activity: Video Transcript

If you can’t watch the video right now, you can still do Lizzie’s exercise. Read the transcript from the scene below, and fill in the blank with the correct phrasal verb. Take your best guess, then highlight the black rectangle with your cursor to see the answer! Good luck!

Context: In this scene, Pam is showing Ryan the logos that she has drawn. They talk about her work, and then Ryan asks Pam a question.

Pam: …plays on the infinity thing without being obvious, you know? Um… I’d love to do like a color version, just bring a little color to…

Ryan: I like it a lot! It’s clear and subtle at the same time. It’s really good. You have a real talent for this stuff.

Pam: Thanks!

Ryan: I’d love to talk to you about it more.

Pam: That’d be great.

Ryan: Do you want to ____ to dinner tonight?

Hint: If you need help, we’ll give you two options. The answer is either TO GO OVER or TO GO OUT. Feel free to look back at the table and review the definitions for these two English phrasal verbs.

Answer: TO GO OUT; Ryan would like to have dinner at a restaurant with Pam. “To go out” is another way to ask someone on a date.

Bonus: In the comments below, write what you think Pam’s answer was!

*If you are using a mobile phone or if highlighting the text does not work, scroll down to the bottom of the article and flip your device upside down to see the answer!


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