Reading the book on which I'm learning English, I've come across a weird (for me) omitting the "to" in sentence: "I'd better go meet with him then."

Say, if it were "I'd better go to meet with him then.", would there be any difference between the two sentences? When I should prefer using one instead the other?

P.S. Sorry for my bad English. If I made a mistake somewhere, please correct me.

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    Possible duplicate of "first I go buy" or "first I go to buy"
    – JBH
    Mar 18, 2018 at 5:45
  • @JBH That question and its accepted answer are not helpful here, because there, the recommendation is to avoid "go" altogether, because it's normally not used in phrasing for recipes.
    – user68912
    Mar 18, 2018 at 11:53
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    Folks I would avoid using questions with no up-voted answers as targets for duplicates. The goal here is to direct the author of this question to a good answer, not to consolidate questions.
    – ColleenV
    Mar 23, 2018 at 14:41

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All I can say is that it's very common in everyday, colloquial English to drop that to when a verb follows these two very specific verbs: to go and to come. For example:

I'm gonna go find something to eat.

The next time you're in town, I hope you'll come see me.

I can't explain why this happens, but you will see native English speakers say that all the time. No one is ever going to say I'm gonna go to find something to eat. That just doesn't sound as smooth. Though, while possible, you're less likely to hear I hope you'll come to see me than I hope you'll come see me. I would recommend that you pay particular attention to how people say things when next time you hear somebody use the verbs to go or to come in their sentence.

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    Worth pointing out that “go... do [something]” is non-standard English. It is used as slang in American English, and entirely incorrect in British English. Correctly, it should either be “Go and do [something]”, or “go to do [something]”. It’s the same with “come”. Mar 29, 2019 at 4:38

I agree that "go meet" is American English.

From experience, I would say "I want to go and meet Virginia" etc..

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