動詞GOと前置詞の正しい使い方|Is it “go to…,” “go on…” or “go for…”?

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Go America! Hey Hey, Coach Chris here from Eigo2020.jp. Where we fix the English mistakes, Japanese people make from the Olympics and beyond. So, one of my students, or many…All of my students…the majority say, “ I want to go America.” And I was thinking to myself, “why does everybody forget, ‘to’?” I want to go to America. And I was thinking “why, why, why, why?” And uh, I got it! Because when you are learning verbs at first: Eat, drink, buy. Many of them you don’t need to put  ’to’, you just need to put a noun. Like ‘eat ramen’ or ‘buy games’, something like that only. And even ‘go’, you don’t need a noun, if you’re just ‘going’. Go. But if you are going to go somewhere, you have to go ‘to’ somewhere. Alright, just the same…you could talk. But if you are going to ‘talk’ with somebody, you usually have to say ‘talk to ‘ somebody, give your message to them. So you get it? If you don’t please come to Eigo2020.jp where we are creating rapid English training programs so you can become an English master as quickly as you’ve always wanted to. So subscribe and tap the bell below so you can get all of the videos and lets train for the olympics and beyond and remember, Coach Chris is always with you.


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In this week’s video lesson, Coach Chris explains that we need to add ‘to’ after the verb ‘go’ when talking about the destination. 

In this article, I would like to show you 3 more ways ‘go’ is used. 

‘Go’ is a verb that can stand alone. For example, you can say: 

  • I am going.
  • Let’s go! 

But as soon as you add the destination to the sentence, you need to add ‘to.’

go to + (destination)

To’ is a preposition which indicates that you are headed to a “destination.” 

Examples are… 

  • I go to work every day.
  • The children are going to school.
  • She goes to the park with her dog. 
  • He went to America.

Now, it’s not always ‘to’ that is needed with ‘go.’ There are different ways ‘go’ is used depending on what comes after ‘go.’ 

go + …ing

Remember ‘to’ indicates destination. So if it is not a destination, you don’t use ‘to.’ 

It could be an activity like this… 

  • I go shopping. 
  • I go skiing. 
  • I go swimming. 

The common mistake is to add ‘to’ before ‘shopping’ and say “I go to shopping.” 

When ‘go’ is followed by a verb in -ing form, you can just put -ing right after ‘go.’

Remember, ‘shopping’ is not a destination but an activity. 

go on + (trip)

Now, when it is a trip, a tour or vacation, you use ‘on’ instead of ‘to.’

  • He is going on a business trip to America.
  • We went on a walking tour in Amsterdam.
  • We are going on vacation.

go for + (activity)

Another example is ‘for’ instead of ‘to.’

‘For’ is used when you are talking about a purpose or an activity.

Okay, we’ve already looked at activity in -ing form. But the difference is that this time it is not -ing but a noun.

For example,

  • I go for a walk in the park .
  • We go for a drink after work.
  • We went for dinner.
  • They go for a drive on weekends.
  • She goes for a run every morning.

Summary

So, that was ‘go’ with 4 types of usage:

  1. go to + destination (noun)
  2. go + activity type 1 (-ing)
  3. go on + trip, tour, vacation… (noun)
  4. go for + activity type 2 (noun)

Here is one more common mistake which you can avoid.

You can use ‘visit’ to indicate that you went somewhere.

But unlike ‘go,’ ‘visit’ doesn’t need ‘to.’

  • I went to America.
  • I visited America.

And visit is not only places but people like in “I visited my parents.”

That’s all for today! Until next time!

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