LS Refresher 76: Been vs. Gone

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English Language Centres gave the following rules that will help us learn how to use “been to” and “gone to” 

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With the present perfect tense we can use both been and gone.

Been- the past participle of be. 

  • Use been to describe completed visits. If you have visited a place on holiday and then returned you have been there.

Ex. She’s been to India on holiday three times.

  • When you ask someone about their past experiences use been.

Ex. Have you ever been to Paris?

Gone- the past participle of go.

  • If someone visits a place but has not come home they have gone there.

Ex. She’s gone to Moscow, she will be back next week.

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