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    #1

    Question has been and has gone

    Could you please tell me what's the difference between the following two sentences:

    1. His parents are very worried, he's been missing for a week now.
    2. Has anyone seen my calculator? It's gone missing.

    Thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: has been and has gone

    Gone - refers to the action of disappearing
    been - refers to the state of being absent:

    His parents are worried- he's gone missing.
    How long?
    He's been missing for hours.

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