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‘Go’ as a verb

Below are some examples of sentences from classic literature using the word ‘Go’ as a verb.


“Now I’m going out to shop for mother.”

From ‘The Cat and Fiddle Book’, by Lady Florence Bell.


Would he have to go into court as a witness?

From ‘Orley Farm’, by Anthony Trollope.


“In that case, sir, Adèle ought to go to school.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


No one but an anarchist would go about breaking statues.

From ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


Go and wash your hands, dear,” said Mrs Brown patiently.

From ‘Just William’, by Richmal Crompton.


There would be just time to catch him before he went out to lunch.

From ‘Jill the Reckless’, by P.G. Wodehouse.


Then they put half a scuttle of coal on the fire and went out.

From ‘The Phoenix and the Carpet’, by Edith Nesbit.


Jane went to him instantly, kissed him, and thanked him for his goodness.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’, by Jane Austen.


“I shall be very sorry to go away,” said she, with a faltering voice.

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


“I was very much surprised when I first heard she was going to be married.”

From ‘Emma’, by Jane Austen.


“I am not under the slightest obligation to go to India, especially with strangers.”

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


The rabble, as well as the more decent part of the assembly, dispersed, and went home peaceably.

From ‘The Heart of Midlothian’, by Walter Scott.


On one occasion, indeed, he even went so far as to knock them both down a flight of stairs.

From ‘Oliver Twist’, by Charles Dickens.


Go to him, Elinor,” she cried, as soon as she could speak, “and force him to come to me.”

From ‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen.


“He and I can go to the Parsonage, you know, and be no trouble to our friends at Mansfield Park.”

From ‘Mansfield Park’, by Jane Austen.


A bat went by. A bird uttered its last ‘cheep.’ And right above the oak tree the first star shone.

From ‘The Forsyte Saga’, by John Galsworthy.


“he has often been drunk, abused and threatened her; and now he is gone to Buenos Aires with a dancer.”

From ‘The Forsyte Saga’, by John Galsworthy.


His skill as a mechanic, and especially his knowledge of mill-work, readily secured him employment wherever he went.

From ‘Self-Help’, by Samuel Smiles.
Of George Kemp (1795-1844), designer of Edinburgh’s Scott Monument.


You shall go to a place I have in the south of France: a whitewashed villa on the shores of the Mediterranean.

From ‘Jane Eyre’, by Charlotte Brontë.


He is constantly being driven to do unreasonable things. Some force not himself impels him, and go he must. But why? Why?

From ‘The First Men in the Moon’, by H.G. Wells.

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