Past Tense of Go: Went or Gone? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Go?

The past tense for go is “went”, and the past participle of go is gone. The verb “go” is an irregular verb. Thus, the “go” past tense doesn’t have the -ed in the V2, but it totally changes. To get the past simple tense of go, you just need to learn it by heart regularly. 

However, you should also pay attention to the English grammar of go, its grammar pattern, and grammar errors. Because this verb is used frequently, you need to practice it regularly to remember it.

You can glimpse the table below about “go” usual conjugation patterns. Our Grammarwiki team will help you conjugate all tense forms of “go” correctly.

Simple Present He/She/It goes

I/You/We/They go

Present Continuous He/She/It is going

I am going

You/We/They are going

Present Perfect He/She/It has gone

I/You/We/They have gone

Present Perfect Continuous He/She/It has been going

I/You/We/They have been going

Simple Past He/She/It/I/You/We/They went
Past Continuous I/He/She/It was going

You/We/They were going

Past Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They had gone
Past Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They had been going
Simple Future Tense He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall go
Future Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall be going
Future Perfect He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have gone
Future Perfect Continuous He/She/It/I/You/We/They will/shall have been going

To know how to pronounce the word went exactly as native speakers, you can watch the below video: 


According to the Oxford Learners Dictionaries, the IPA transcription of went is /went/. However, the participle form verb of “go” is pronounced totally differently. You can get more details in the table below.

Form of word Pronunciation 
go /ɡəʊ/ /ɡəʊ/
went /went/ /went/
gone /ɡɔːn/ /ɡɒn/

Definitions And How To Use Went?

The English verb fly has the following meanings:

Example: I just saw her in the garden. She went to grandma’s house. 

Example: You went to Anne’s party, didn’t you? I heard that you brought quite a lot of presents. What did you buy?

Example: I went skiing when I was a kid, so I now fell quite confident when skiing with my friends.

Example: She went out of the company. Recently he has made too many mistakes in the tasks assigned by his superiors. What a pity!

Example: He told me went like this with my hand, so he knew where I was standing.

Example: Has your stomach ache gone yet? I used to have a very bad stomach ache from eating dirty food. You should take medicine to make the pain go away.

Example: Everything went smoothly as expected. That was my only chance to win back the management and get the position I wanted.

The go past tense has the same meaning as the V1 form, but we use it to talk about the action that happened in the past, not future actions or current actions.



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Past Tense Of Go

Choose the correct verb tense to fill in the blanks:

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I always …… to the gym before going to the company. This has been a habit since I started high school and I have seen my health and physique have grown rapidly since then.

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Jim: Have your headache …… yet?

Emily: I'm much better now and can attend class tomorrow.

Jim: Great! See you tomorrow.

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Anne: John has …… on leave for 4 weeks. He also completed all the assigned tasks. Why are they upset?

Kate: Because the company has too many orders and lacks staff, everyone is working hard. They are very sensitive so it is best to keep quiet.

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My brother tripped and …… tumbling down the stairs in the panic of me and Fluffy. He was taken to the hospital immediately and was diagnosed with a sprain.

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Last month I …… to Italy on business and had the opportunity to visit countless breathtaking places. I plan to come here again next year for a long vacation.

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What Are Synonyms And Antonyms Of Go?

Synonyms of go are: leave, depart, take off, head out, skedaddle, clear out, clear off, beat it, scram, decamp, hightail, bugger off, flee, run, proceed, progress, move, advance, make your way, move along, move on, and go on.

Also, lead, head, continue, extend, run, point, flow, move, go on, continue, persist, carry on, keep going, persevere, endure, go by, pass, elapse, slip past, slip by, fly by, roll by, tick by, tick away, whizz by, whiz by, and move on are also synonyms of “go”.

Antonyms of go are: descend, linger, recede, ride, follow, fall, ascend, go, stay, in place, rise, precede, advance, enter, come, and decrease.

“Go” Is a Transitive Or Intransitive Verb?

“Go” is an intransitive verb and not an auxiliary verb. It clearly states the meaning of the sentence without having to act on a person or thing.