Please help me understand this use of 去做

Chinese Language Asked by Raffaele 王仁发 on September 16, 2020

I came across this sentence in my HSK course:


Can someone please help me understand what is the function of that "去"?
I think the sentence can also work without that "去" so if it is there it must definitely have a function.
Many thanks in advance!!!!!

4 Answers

However, there are times we have to go do something that we hate...

The 去 go here functions in contrast to "hate" in the second part of the sentence.
It shows how much you hate to do it, but also need to do it. So you "go do it" anyway.

Answered by wada on September 16, 2020

In your example,


with 去, it adds a bit emotion here. It sounds like that doing those things is extra miles. Without it, it doesn't have that connotation.

This dictionary definition addresses the use of 去.

(用在另一动词前, 表示要做某事)(preceding another verb, denoting will do):

Please go and ask.


We'll find a way out ourselves.


Answered by dan on September 16, 2020

去 means 'go'. It can function as a verb particle that denotes the initiation of a verb. Similar to 'go' in 'go kill people' in English

More examples:

我當教師 = I being a teacher

我去當教師 = I go and (begin to) be a teacher

因窮而犯法 = break the law because you are poor

因窮而去犯法 = go and (start to) break the law because you are poor

很多时候,我们不得不做一些自己不愿意做 = We often do something we don't want to do

很多时候,我们不得不(去)做一些自己不愿意做 = We often (go/ start) doing something we don't want to do

A simpler example:

殺人 = kill people

去殺人 = go kill people (initiate the action 'kill')

Answered by Tang Ho on September 16, 2020

It's absolutely ok to remove the ‘去’. The meaning won't change at all.

去 may put a little emphysis in the sentence (because it makes the sentence longer), but it's largely redundant anyway.

Answered by Mu Young on September 16, 2020

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