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Grammar detail: verb stem + にいく/にいきます

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verb stem + にいく/にいきます - go to (do something)
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verb stem
+
or
きます
is a very useful expression which means 'go in order to do (something)'.
It is very commonly used with the stem
of the verb
る (see) to mean 'go to see'. For example:
よく
えいが
映画
きます

I often go to the movies.
Here are a few more examples:
にほん
日本
べんきょう
勉強

I am going to Japan to study.
まち
たんじょうび
誕生日
プレゼント
に行く
I am going downtown to buy a birthday present.
こんや
今夜
スペイン
りょうり
料理
食べに行く
We're going out for Spanish food tonight.
ともだち
友達

I'm going to meet up with a friend.
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Note that unless it follows a verb stem, に + いく simply means 'go (somewhere)'.
かれ
まいにち
毎日
かわ
およ
いく
He goes swimming in the river every day.
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See also:
  • verb stem - base part of a verb
  • しにいく - go to do
  • particle に - destination marker
  • verb stem + にくる/にきます - come to (do something)
  • Grammar search: stem

Kanji used in this grammar

コウ   ギョウ   アン   ゆ    い to go   おこな to take place   
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ケン   み to see   みえる to be seen; to appear   みせる to show   
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エイ   はえる to shine   うつ to be reflected   うつ to reflect, project   
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ガ   カク   draw
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ニチ   ジツ   sun; day   ひ    -か    
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ホン   book   もと origin   
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ベン    exertion   
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キョウ   ゴウ   つよ strong   つよまる to get stronger   つよめる to strengthen   しいる to compel, to force   
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カイ   ガイ   まち town, thoroughfare, street   
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タン    birth   
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セイ   ショウ    life   なま raw   いかす to enliven   いきる to live   いける to arrange flowers   うまれる to be born   う to give birth to   き pure, undiluted   お to grow, to sprout   はえる to grow, to sprout   はやす to grow, cultivate   
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バイ   か to buy   
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コン   キン   いま now   
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ヤ   よる    よ night   
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リョウ    fee   
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リ    logic   
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ショク   ジキ    food   たべる to eat   く to eat   
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ユウ   とも friend   
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タツ    arrive   
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カイ   エ   あ to meet   
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ヒ   かれ he   
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マイ   every, each
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セン   かわ river   
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エイ   およ swim   
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