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Japanese woodblock of Guan Yu playing go while having a wound dressed. Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861).


  • Present: go(es)
  • Past: went
  • Participles: gone, going



move from where you are. move elsewhere. Bouge! Joue!

  • It's hard to get Margot to go anywhere.
  • Go! It's your turn.

Absent / on a mission

  • gone: absent
  • gone missing: concerningly absent
  • gone fishing: out

gone + activity (shopping, dancing, running, bowling, riding, swimming, diving, sledding, sand-surfing, skateboarding, hunting, skating, drinking, etc.)

  • I haven't gone since the lockdown began.
  • begone! get thee away from here...
  • bygones: stuff that has happened, water under the bridge
  • Let bygones be bygones = forgive and forget
  • The pain goes away after a while.

Perfective Aspect

  • He's gone and said it.
  • They've gone and done it. The leaders shut down the world to save us from a virus.

What went awry?

  • It's always a good idea to imagine what could go wrong, so that you can adapt.
  • You can't go (too far) wrong with ... red wines from the Rhone valley
  • Something's gone awry (əˈraɪ) = Something's gone wrong. a- = on, wry = crooked, twisted, sideways, upside down, etc.
  • The network has been going down all the time!
  • The phone line went dead.
  • The alarm went off.

Futur proche

  • "I'm gonna' wash that man right outa' my hair". (South Pacific, 1949)

The phonetic reduction Going to --> 'gʌnə only happens when referring to an upcoming action/event/state. (something that will happen soon...)

  • I'm going to New Orleans. aɪm 'goʊɪŋ tə nʊwɔːr lɪnz
    je vais à la Nouvelle Orléans.
  • I'm going to go to New Orleans. aɪm 'gʌnə 'goʊ tə nʊwɔːr lɪnz
    je vais aller à la Nouvelle Orléans.