to go on

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - go on

"to go on"

to happen;

to take place


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - go on

"to go on"

to continue


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - go on

"to go on"

to proceed


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - go on

"to go on"

to talk about something frequently or at great length


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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - go on

"to go on"

to use certain information in order to make a decision or understand an issue


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - go on

A manager has just returned from a two week vacation ...

Manager:  What went on while I was gone?

Team Member:  We finished that XYZ project and received another request for quotation.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go on

We join a meeting in progress ...

Participant 1:  OK, so looking at the first line ...

Participant 2:  Excuse me. Is that the first line of Part 2?

Participant 1:  Yes it is. Shall I continue?

Participant 2:  Sorry. Please go on.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - go on

Two fathers are talking ...

Father 1:  How is your son's team doing in the tournament?

Father 2:  They just won their quarterfinals.

Father 1: That's great. When will they proceed to the semi-finals?

Father 2:  After the other quarterfinals are finished. My son's team should go on next week.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - go on

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Are you inviting Simon to the party?

Friend 2:  I'm not sure. Why?

Friend 1:  It just that Simon does talk a lot about himself and his problems and he just keeps on talking. It is a little boring and difficult to endure.

Friend 2:  Yes, Simon does tend to go on.

Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - go on

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  Are we moving forward with the project?

Executive 2:  I'm not sure that we have enough information to make that decision.

Executive 1:  I suppose you are right that we really don't have enough to go on.

Executive 2:  Let's gather more information.

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to go on - Gerund Form:

Going on in the face of adversity takes courage.

Going on with the meeting was essential.

Going on and on for ten minutes is his way.

to go on - Examples:

1)  Don't you want him in jail so he doesn't go on to murder another dozen women?

2)  We can go on and on about how great the public option would be.

3)  With the failure to make orbit this morning, the wait will unfortunately go on.

4)  As of now, the marathon is scheduled to go on.

5)  No one wants to hear me go on about the possible end of the 15% capital gains tax.

6)  I am not stupid, I know what is going on.

7)  Engage all five senses and be aware of what is going on in your environment.

8)  At the beginning of the article, he is going on about how Jackson started as a foot soldier.

9)  The process has been going on for so long already.

10)  The book goes on to explain each of the "eight stages" in detail.

11)  One of the most recurrent discussions that goes on about video games is whether or not they're worthy of being classed as art.

12)  As the day goes on you develop a headache that grows steadily worse.

13)  He goes on to say that that picture of the space of reasons depends on a scheme/content.

14)  Despite the above incriminating circumstances some have gone on to wonder if Ms Ortega is actually innocent of the murders.

15)  No artist to emerge in the second half of the' 60s has gone on to have a more productive and vital career than Richard Thompson.

16)  This con game has gone on since the end of WWII.

17)  Throughout the planning that has gone on since then, a lot of impossible things have happened.

18)  This went on for four months before it finally stopped.

19)  He went on at length about the pride he takes in his own success.

20)  Lieberman went on to teach a series of classes in American vernacular music.