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Write the Right Word: Forego vs. Forgo

“Forego” and “forgo” are not different spellings of the same word. They have different meanings, so they can’t be used interchangeably.

“Forgo” means to do without something or pass up something voluntarily. For example: “I will forgo a trip to the mall to go to the movie with my friends.”

“Forego” means to go before or precede something. However, it’s not used much in this form. The more common form is “foregone.” For example: “That Suzie Smith would win the race was a foregone conclusion.” The “foregone conclusion” phrase refers to an outcome that is assured in advance.

Ellen Crawford, information specialist, (701) 231-5391

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