1. question Guest

This is my question.
Taro has gone to Hokkaido since last Sunday. So he isn't at home now.
And then, his cousin asks Taro's sister where he is.
"Where is Taro?" In this case, how should Taro's sister answer? I would like to know the native spekers' way.
1. He went to Hokkaido last Sunday.
2. He has gone to Hokkaido last Sunday.
3. He has been to Hokkaido last Sunday.
4. He is in Hokkaido.
1 It doesn't mean he is in Hokkaido now,,,,,, right?
2 Do you use " has gone " in this case?? I feel he will not come back..
Which answer is the most natural way to say?

2. ## Re: question about tense

I think "He went to Hokkaido last Sunday" is ok.

3. ## Re: question about tense

1.Where is Taro?
Taro is in Hokkado.(now) He has gone to visit some clients.(action continues)He went by plane , (finished action) but he will come back by train.
Taro has gone : to Hokkaido = He is still there
Taro has been to Hokkaido= He went to Hokkaido but he is back.
You use present perfect for an unfinished action.
2. Time expressions:
last week, yesterday, a month ago= expressed Simple Past
since... last Sunday = present perfect

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Originally Posted by question
This is my question.
Taro has gone to Hokkaido since last Sunday. So he isn't at home now.
And then, his cousin asks Taro's sister where he is.
"Where is Taro?" In this case, how should Taro's sister answer? I would like to know the native spekers' way.
1. He went to Hokkaido last Sunday.
2. He has gone to Hokkaido last Sunday.
3. He has been to Hokkaido last Sunday.
4. He is in Hokkaido.
1 It doesn't mean he is in Hokkaido now,,,,,, right?
2 Do you use " has gone " in this case?? I feel he will not come back..
Which answer is the most natural way to say?

From your example answers, 1 means only that he was in Hokkaido last Sunday. It say s nothing about where he was on Monday. 2 and 3 are incorrect, because you cannot use a perfect tense with a time clause. Perfect tense is for indefinite time and/or to link two times.

"He has been to Tokyo." - but we don't know, or don't care, when. (Indefinite)
"He has gone to Tokyo." - he went in the past and he is still there now. (link two times)

By adding a time clause, you make it both a definite time and a single time, so it must be simple tense.

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i would say too

"he is in Hokkaido "

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