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Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at verbs and phrases that mean to move:



Move is a very general verb that means ‘to change your position or go to a different place’. You will often want to use a more specific verb such as go or come instead:

  • She moved towards the door.
  • It was so hot, no one felt like moving.
  • The traffic was barely moving.
  • It’s getting late, we should move.
  • We’ll be moving around a lot so it may be difficult to contact us.

go to move or travel to a place that is away from where you are now:

  • Where did Sue go?
  • She went into the bathroom and rinsed her face with cold water.
  • The fastest way to get to the library is to go through the park.
  • We’re planning to go to Spain this summer.

go by bus/car/plane/train etc:

  • In the end they decided to go by car.

go on foot:

  • It’s quicker to go on foot.

come to move or travel to the place where the speaker is:

  • Why don’t you come here first and we can go together?
  • There’s a man coming up the path.
  • Someone’s coming to fix the washing machine this morning.
  • I’m off now, are you coming?
  • We’re going into town, do you want to come with us?
  • Would you like to come and have dinner with us soon?

come by bus/car/plane/train etc:

  • We flew to Paris and came the rest of the way by train.
  • Did you come by bike?

There are several other verbs that mean ‘move’ so we will look at more of them in next week’s post.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘to move‘.

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