The phrasal verb, go on, is used very often and it has at least 10 different meanings! Don't panic! In this blog post we are going to look at how to use go on when it means talk or say too much. Read the conversations below to see how to use go on with this meaning.
Verbs/expressions of similar meaning:
say too much; be too talkative; be verbose; be a chatterbox; nag
1. David and Cara work in the same office:
David: I've just had a meeting with that new client.
Cara: Which one?
David: Mr. Tomlinson.
Cara: Oh him... I had a meeting with him yesterday. My God. He goes on, doesn't he.
David: Yeah. If he were interesting it would be ok, but he's so boring. I nearly fell asleep in the meeting!
2. Jane is Somdeep's mentor at college. She is giving him advice about an upcoming debating contest.
Somdeep: I'm a bit nervous about the debating contest. Do you have any advice for me?
Jane: I'm sure you'll do fine. Just remember not to go on and on. Keep to the point.
Somdeep: Ah ok.
Jane: Just try to be succinct.
3. Ruth is talking to her sister Josey.
Ruth: Josey, you haven't cleaned your room again. You told mum you were going to keep it clean. You never do what you say you're going to do. I really don't know why you promised mum you'd keep it clean. If I were you...
Josey: Ruth! Don't go on. I'll clean my room when I'm ready. Not before!