English everyday – go on then

Christmas is coming, the adverts are getting fat, please put some money in Tesco’s hat.

What I’m interested in is the last scene where the daughter asks:

Daughter: Dad, d’you wanna turkey sandwich?

Dad: Oh go on then.


So what does ‘go on then’ mean? Does the Dad want a turkey sandwich? Or not?

We use ‘go on then’ when agreeing to something, or accepting something. It is used when we are reluctant, or when we need to be persuaded.

For example

Child: Mum, please can I play on the swings? Please?

Mum: Go on then, but just five minutes.


You might hear this phrase at Christmas, especially after meals:

Daughter: Do you want some more sherry Gran?

Gran: I shouldn’t, but, go on then, just a small one.

Can you think of any more situations where you could use ‘go on then’?


Published by Abbie

English teacher, coach and writer. Helping English learners and teachers get more confident in their skills.

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