Which one is correct? 1. I went to do something Or 2. I went do something We use "to" between two verbs in present sentence, but I don't know about past sentence?! Thanks for helping

  • Don't use abbreviations like "sth" here. Respect our time by typing English words. Also you need to show how you've tried to answer this yourself. – curiousdannii Nov 11 '19 at 13:29
  • Ok thanks for your mention. I didn't know this thing. – Ali Hosseinzade Nov 11 '19 at 23:30

Sometimes a construction is not available in all tenses, but if it is available, it is nearly always the same construction whatever the tense.


I'm going to do something.

I went to do something.

I had gone to do something.


You must use the to. That's not "two verbs in present" but one tensed construction (go or went) and one infinitive (to do ...) as its complement. The idiom requires that the complement be cast as a marked infinitive, regardless of the construction used for GO—see Colin Fine's answer.

Similarly, went doing ... presents a tensed verb with a gerund-participle—not a "present progressive" be carolling—as its complement.

We go caroling on Christmas Eve.
We went caroling on Christmas Eve.
We have often gone caroling on Christmas Eve.

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