The next word in our vocabulary boost series is GO. GO is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of travel, become, leave, depart, proceed or pass. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using GO.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.

GO can be used with an adjective to have the meaning ´turn into or become´, for example go crazy means to become crazy.


Go mad – get angry

Go red – be embarrassed

Go white – feel dizzy/in shock

Go green – feel sick





To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Go well (be successful) My studies are going well, I always get good grades

Go badly (not be successful) The exam went badly and I couldn´t answer the final question

Go right (work according to plan) It has all gone right for me recently

Go wrong (not work properly) I could have gone wrong, but luckily it didn´t

Go a long way (endure, last a long time) A smile goes a long way

Go abroad (travel to another country) I want to go abroad soon

Go amiss (go wrong/be absent) Our star player went amiss so we lost

Go astray (not follow the rules) My sister went astray in her adolescence

Have a go (make an attempt) It is worth having a go

Go (+ing) = go swimming, go jogging, go running, go cycling

All systems go (be ready) All systems are go so we can proceed

Go blind (lose your sight) If you have diabetes, you might go blind

Go bankrupt (lose all your money) I have lost everything, gone bankrupt

Go on foot (walk) I would prefer to go on foot

Go online (use the internet) I went online to check my email

Go to war (fight) I would hate it if we went to war with China




Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Go about (undertake) How would you like to go about the task?

Go across (traverse) We should go across the river on a boat

Go ahead (advance) My boss always goes ahead with his plans

Go against (contradict) It´s not a good idea to go against the rules

Go along with (follow the crowd) I would go along with him if I were you

Go out (leave the house) I fancy going out this afternoon

Go (a)round (satisfy a requirement) There is plenty of food to go around

Go at (attack or do something enthusiastically) The dog went at the food

Go away (leave or take a trip) I´d like to go away soon

Go back (return) When would you like to go back?

Go by (pass time) 4 years have gone by since we last spoke

Go down (decrease) Prices never seem to go down these days

Go forward (advance) Our plans will go forward as planned

Go in (enter) Take off your coats and you can go in!


To learn how to use stay you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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