General Writing and Grammar Help/Go about + verb


Dear Ted:

What does "to go about + verb" mean?

Would you please give me some examples of how to use the above expression/phrase?

As always, many, many thanks for your valuable help.


Dear Paolo:

What does "to go about + verb" mean?

*** I hope that I did not send you this "formula."  It's incorrect.

You cannot put a verb after the preposition "about."  You can put a VERB FORM, such as a GERUND, after a preposition:

My mother plans to go about cooking a dinner for 50 people.

Please go about your business.

Politicians promise honesty and then go about deceiving the voters.


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Ted Nesbitt


I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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