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Vocabulary

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Study the following vocabulary.

Becoming a lawyer is very difficult. When I was in law school I had to go through the very difficult process of learning new vocabulary. I also realized that sometimes it is difficult to go along with the suggestions that my professors made because in reality things are more complicated than they seem in a classroom. It goes against my principles to do something immoral, but sometimes there are difficult choices that lawyers have to make. Despite these difficulties, I decided to go through with my choice to become a lawyer. I am glad I made that decision, now I enjoy going before a judge and presenting my case.

go againstgo against – to oppose, to be contrary
Children often get into trouble for going against their parents.
Lying to my friend goes against everything I believe in.

go after – to chase a person or animal; to try to obtain / win
She was crying when she left the room, you should go after her to see if she is ok.
The two football players got hurt because they were both going after the ball and they ran into each other.

go ahead with – to proceed
My boss gave me permission to go ahead with my new project.

go along with – to agree with or to accept
I didn't like the idea, but I had to go along with it because I did not want my friend to be mad at me.

go back – to have existed since a time in the (distant) past, to consider a time in the past
Their friendship goes back to when they were small children.
In order to solve the mystery we have to go back to the day the crime occurred.

go before – to appear to face, to be sent for consideration
When you go before a judge, you must tell the truth.
The proposal will go before the committee next week, so we need to work very hard to make sure it is perfect.

go out of – to no longer be present
When the bigger stores opened downtown, many of the smaller ones went out of business.
The mother was going out of her mind with worry when her son was hiking through the desert. She was afraid something terrible would happen to him.

go through – to suffer or have a bad experience
It was impossible for her friends to understand what she was going through. None of them had ever been divorced.

go through with – to complete despite difficulty
I am afraid of heights, but I decided to go through with my trip to the mountains because I have always wanted to learn how to ski.

go up against – to face something difficult
It was a very important game, we went up against the best team in the country.

go without – to manage without
She went without sleep for almost three days, so we were not surprised when she wanted to take a long nap in the afternoon.


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