Going on about "Go" A Lesson from the Word "Go"
(Class Notes from November 1, 2002) Try the
Quiz on this topic.
1. He does go ON about his troubles, doesn’t he? He goes on
and on and on. He talks about his troubles too often, for too long and
so other people find him boring. My mother goes on about my
eating habits all the time until I want to strangle her.
2. The teacher will go OVER the test with her students today. The
teacher is explaining and demonstrating all the answers for the students
by going over each question one by one. The boss goes over
all the work I must do during the overtime. Going over a
written assignment is something every good student should do by him or
3. The cheese smells bad. Did it go OFF? A Canadian might smell
durian and say did it go off? You will answer, "No! it is perfect
and ripe and ready to eat."
4. Go AHEAD/ON. I’d like to hear more of your interesting story. Be
careful of the difference between "goes on" and "please go on." One is a
person who talks too much; the other is a person you want to hear more
5. Do you know how to go ABOUT fixing a broken sink? It only means
you can do it. It has the idea of following a series of steps. Do you
know how to go about making a pizza? First step: make the dough.
6. My son will go OFF/ON to university next year. To "go on" to
university means to continue your studies. If someone "goes off" to
university, usually it means that person is leaving and going somewhere
far way to study. My son plans to go off travelling after high
7. The family went OVERBOARD on the wedding presents. They spent too
much money! Some parents go overboard on Lunar New Year. I think
giving a car to a graduating student is going overboard.
8. He doesn’t want to go INTO it. He would rather forget. To "go
into" it is to talk about it. Usually these kinds of things are problems
or difficulties. Another meaning of "into it" is to be very excited
about it. "I'm into hiking."
9. The team scored the go AHEAD goal near the end of the game. In the
World Series, the announcers would talk about the "go ahead" runner is
on first base.
10. Did you go ON the Skytrain when you visited Vancouver?
Notes from Class Discussion on Nutrition
The Vitality Quiz (Quiz on Nutrition and Health Facts)
1. What do you usually eat for lunch? If you have children, what do
they eat for lunch?
Rice, sandwiches, noodles, leftovers (any food left from last
night's meal; the rule is you may only serve one more time). The
leftover beef was still very tasty. If you forget some food in your
fridge and it goes bad, we call it a "science project." Dumplings,
gyoza, won ton.
2. Do you think there is too much "junk food" in most schools? Name
some of the foods available to purchase in the hallways of this school.
Yes, of course the schools are full of junk food. Cola companies
give money to the school for an exclusive contract. Colas, chocolate
bars, cookies, chips, peanuts, candy (lifesavers), water (not junk).
There is junk food and fast food. Pizza is a fast food. Is it bad
for you? Usually, pizza is the healthiest fast food. Hamburgers are
okay, but sometimes much too large a serving.
Junk food is high in calories and low in nutrition (vitamins). It
is also high in fat or salt or sugar. One coke equals 12 teaspoons of
3. Do you think you have a good understanding of nutrition and
healthy foods? If yes, give an example of a fact you know.
One fact the teacher knows is that it is better to eat bigger meals
early in the day. The later you eat, the more likely it will go to
your waistline or your butt.
4. Do you ever buy something after you have seen an advertisement for
food and soft drinks? If, yes, what did you buy?
Yes. At Starbucks, I tried a new cold coffee drink. Most of us are
influenced by advertising. We see it, and sometimes we buy things
because we see them.
What is the difference between "supper" and "dinner"? In BC it is
the same meaning, the late meal of the day. On the prairies and in
farm country in Canada, "dinner" is at noon and "supper" is in the