Example Sentences of the Verb Go

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If English students are going to memorize irregular verb forms, they'll need to include the verb "go." These example sentences offer "go" in all tenses, including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms. You'll notice that there are many tenses where there is no form of "go." Test your knowledge with the quiz at the end.

Basic Verb Form Conjugations

  • Base Form: go
  • Past Simple: went
  • Present Participle: going
  • Past Participle: gone
  • Gerund: going
  • Infinitive: to go

Present Tenses

  • Present Simple: "Peter goes to church on Sundays."
  • Present Continuous: "We are going shopping soon."
  • Present Perfect: "Peter has gone to the bank."
  • Present Perfect Continuous: "Susan has been going to classes for three weeks."

Present Tenses With No "Go"

In the present tense, the simple passive, continuous passive, and perfect passive verb forms do not have conjugation for "go."

Past Tenses

  • Past Simple: "Alexander went to Denver last week."
  • Past Continuous: "We were going to visit some friends but decided not to go."
  • Past Perfect: "They had already gone to the show so we didn't go."
  • Past Perfect Continuous: "We had been going to that school for a few weeks when it was chosen as the best school in the city."

Past Tenses Missing "Go"

As with the present tense, several past tenses lack a version of "go," and they are all passive. These are the past simple passive, continuous passive, and perfect passive.

Future Tenses

  • Future (will): "Jennifer will go to the meeting."
  • Future (going to): "Peter is going to go to the show tonight."
  • Future Continuous: "We will be going to dinner this time tomorrow."
  • Future Perfect: "She will have gone to visit her parents by the time you arrive."
  • Future Possibility: "Jack might go out this weekend."

Future Tenses Without "Go"

There are no future passive "go" tenses, either using "will" or "going to."

Conditional and Modal Tenses

  • Real Conditional: "If she goes to the meeting, I will attend."
  • Unreal Conditional: "If she went to the meeting, I would attend."
  • Past Unreal Conditional: "If she had gone to the meeting, I would have attended."
  • Present Modal: "You should go out tonight."
  • Past Modal: "They might have gone out for the evening."

Quiz: Conjugate With Go

Use the verb "to go" to conjugate the following sentences. Quiz answers are below. In some cases, more than one answer may be correct.

  1. Peter _____ to the bank.
  2. Alexander _____ to Denver last week.
  3. They _____ already _____ to the show so we didn't go.
  4. Jennifer _____ to the meeting.
  5. If she _____ to the meeting, I will attend.
  6. We _____ but decided not to go after all.
  7. Peter _____ to church on Sundays.
  8. Susan _____ to classes for three weeks.
  9. Peter _____ to the show tonight.
  10. She _____ to visit her parents by the time you arrive.

Quiz Answers

  1. has gone
  2. went
  3. had gone
  4. will go
  5. goes
  6. were going to go
  7. goes
  8. has been going
  9. is going to go
  10. will have gone
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