Verb + 러 간다

Let’s take a look at the pattern Verb + 러 간다. We have actually learned this before but we’re going to focus on the nuance of 가다 when conjugated into –ㄴ다  form as in 간다. We attach (으)러 to stem of a verb to express the purpose of going or coming. It is similar to the English phrase I am going to the market (to buy fish). The part to buy fish is (으)러. We say 간다 to express that we’re going to leave someone for now or for a while to do something. For example, you are watching TV with your brother and you suddenly feel sleepy. So you would leave him to go to bed and take a nap. It’s a good way to let someone know the purpose of your leaving.

자러 간다.
I am going to bed.

먹으러 간다.
I am going to eat.

운동하러 간다.
I’ll leave you here for now. I’m going to the gym.

공부하러 간다.
Bye for now. I’ve got to study.

샤워하러 간다.
I’ve got to take a shower. Will be back.