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. See my previous blog post to see examples of how to use it in everyday conversations.
Below are some exercises for you to try. I'll post the answers tomorrow!
FIll in the blanks with the correct form of the phrasal verb "go on".
Jane: How was your trip to see your mom?
Trey: Oh... It was awful!
Jane: How come?
Trey: She kept _________ and on about me needing to find a girlfriend.
Jane: Ah. What did you say to her?
Trey: I said, I'm not ready. I only broke up with Cara two months ago.
Jane: I suppose your mom just wants you to be happy.
Roger: Hey Yuka. How's your homestay going?
Yuka: It's ok. But I don't like the mom's father much.
Roger: Why not?
Yuka: I met him for the first time last weekend when we had a family party and he just ________ about World War 2 for the whole afternoon.
Eric: Have you seen that new movie with Ryan Gosling yet?
Wes: Yeah. It was ok.
Eric: Ok?! I thought it was awesome.
Wes: Ryan's a good actor but his character ________ a bit too much about boring stuff. He's good looking but I prefer it when he keeps his mouth closed!
Eric: You're hilarious.
Wes: I know!
Rewrite the following conversations by replacing the phrasal verb "go on" with an alternative expression that has a similar meaning. You may need to change the structure of the sentence.
Peter: Rob! Why haven't you washed your dishes? This kitchen is disgusting.
Rob: Ok, ok. I'll wash them tonight.
Peter: How about now? They've been sitting there for two days now.
Rob: Stop going on about it. I'll do it tonight.
Trish: What's up Pat? Where's that beautiful smile gone?
Pat: Smile? You've gotta be kidding. My mom keeps going on about me moving out. She says that I'm old enough to get my own room somewhere and that I have to move out and grow up.
Trish: Oh.. Harsh. Maybe she's right?
Pat: Oh great. Not you, too.