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    Default in the north/to the north

    I know the correct phrase is the second one, but IŽd like to know why.
    Thank you very much.

    I've been in the north of Argentina but not in the south.
    I've been to the north of Argentina but not to the south.

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    Default Re: in the north/to the north

    It's because of the native speakers who use the variant with "to".

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    Default Re: in the north/to the north

    Quote Originally Posted by salitre View Post
    I know the correct phrase is the second one, but IŽd like to know why.
    Thank you very much.

    I've been in the north of Argentina but not in the south.
    I've been to the north of Argentina but not to the south.
    Both are correct.

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    Default Re: in the north/to the north

    [QUOTE=salitre;836597]

    I've been in the north of Argentina.
    I've been to the north of Argentina.


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    (1) Some people (I repeat: some people) say there is a little difference:

    (a) I have been in northern Argentina. = emphasizes location and time. You may been a resident there for a while.

    (b) I have been to northern Argentina. = emphasizes destination and movement. Suggests that you were a visitor.

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