How to Conjugate Go

by Craig Shrives

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Go in the Different Tenses

The verb "go" is an irregular verb. (This means that "go" does not form its simple past tense or its past participle by adding "-ed" or "-d" to the base form.)

The Five Forms of Go

FormgoAlternative Name
Base FormgoInfinitive Form
The -S FormgoesThird Person Singular Form
Past FormwentSimple Past Tense
The -ING FormgoingPresent Participle Form
The Past Participle Formgone (also been)[no alternative name]

Conjugating Go

The tables below show how "go" conjugates in the past, present, and future tenses.

Past Tenses

PersonSimple PastPast Progressive TensePast Perfect TensePast Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • went
  • went
  • went
  • went
  • went
  • went
The simple past tense is for a completed activity that happened in the past.
  • was going
  • were going
  • was going
  • were going
  • were going
  • were going
The past progressive tense is for an ongoing activity in the past. Often, it is used to set the scene for another action.
  • had gone (also been)
  • had gone (also been)
  • had gone (also been)
  • had gone (also been)
  • had gone (also been)
  • had gone (also been)
The past perfect tense is for emphasizing that an action was completed before another took place.
  • had been going
  • had been going
  • had been going
  • had been going
  • had been going
  • had been going
The past perfect progressive tense is for showing that an ongoing action in the past has ended.

Present Tenses

PersonSimple PresentPresent Progressive TensePresent Perfect TensePresent Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • go
  • go
  • goes
  • go
  • go
  • go
The simple present tense is mostly for a fact or a habit.
  • am going
  • are going
  • is going
  • are going
  • are going
  • are going
The present progressive tense is for an ongoing action in the present.
  • have gone (also been)
  • have gone (also been)
  • has gone (also been)
  • have gone (also been)
  • have gone (also been)
  • have gone (also been)
The present perfect tense is for an action that began in the past. (Often, the action continues into the present.)
  • have been going
  • have been going
  • has been going
  • have been going
  • have been going
  • have been going
The present perfect progressive tense is for a continuous activity that began in the past and continues into the present (or finished very recently).

Future Tenses

PersonSimple FutureFuture Progressive TenseFuture Perfect TenseFuture Perfect Progressive Tense
  • I
  • you
  • he/she/it
  • we
  • you
  • they
  • will go
  • will go
  • will go
  • will go
  • will go
  • will go
The simple future tense is for an action that will occur in the future.
  • will be going
  • will be going
  • will be going
  • will be going
  • will be going
  • will be going
The future progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will occur in the future.
  • will have gone (also been)
  • will have gone (also been)
  • will have gone (also been)
  • will have gone (also been)
  • will have gone (also been)
  • will have gone (also been)
The future perfect tense is for an action that will have been completed at some point in the future.
  • will have been going
  • will have been going
  • will have been going
  • will have been going
  • will have been going
  • will have been going
The future perfect progressive tense is for an ongoing action that will be completed at some specified time in the future.

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Parts of Speech Lists 200 Important Irregular Verbs

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