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    Default Have you been going? vs Have you been?

    Hi everyone!

    First of all I'd like to thank you all for setting up such an engaging and interesting forum.

    My question dates back to a few years ago and it's been bugging me since.
    While talking about a new film festival I was asked: "Have you been going?", whereas I would have safely used "Have you been?". I also checked with a linguist, who is also native speaker of BrE and expert of English, who told me he would have used "have you been" instead.

    Now, the person I was talking with originally was a native speaker of English from New Zealand and his question might have implied a regional use of the present perfect continuous. Or does the continuous imply going to different shows on different days in this case? After all a film festival runs for days and does offer a variety of films on different days.

    Could you help me figure this one out?

    Thanks a million.

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    Default Re: Have you been going? vs Have you been?

    "Going" requires repeated action.

    The festival started five days ago. Every day is a different genre. I personally have gone every night. Have you been going each night as well?

    The festival started five days ago. Each day is similar to the others. I went once. Have you gone?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Have you been going? vs Have you been?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    "Going" requires repeated action.

    The festival started five days ago. Every day is a different genre. I personally have gone every night. Have you been going each night as well?

    The festival started five days ago. Each day is similar to the others. I went once. Have you gone?
    Thanks a lot. So it has to do with the way festivals are organised in multiple events and the fact that you may or may not go to more than one.

    With reference to your sentences, however, I'm wondering whether it would be more appropriate to say

    I personally have been every night as opposed to I have gone.
    or Have you been? instead of have you gone?

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    Default Re: Have you been going? vs Have you been?

    Oh dear. "Have you been" and "have you gone" is a much larger topic than I'm ready to disucss today.

    Try using the search feature, entering been gone (not in quotes, though) and see if you get some good threads.

    The "going" just means repeated action, usually continuing to the present.
    • If the festival is every year and you go every year, you could say "I've been going every years since it started."
    • If you went only a couple times, you could say "I've gone to a few."
    • Or imagine what you mean by this: For a while, I was going every year. Then I started working a second job and just couldn't make it. But I"d like to start going again, now that I have more free time again."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Have you been going? vs Have you been?

    Quote Originally Posted by shannico View Post
    Thanks a lot. So it has to do with the way festivals are organised in multiple events and the fact that you may or may not go to more than one.

    With reference to your sentences, however, I'm wondering whether it would be more appropriate to say

    I personally have been every night as opposed to I have gone.
    or Have you been? instead of have you gone?
    I would say "have been" rather than "have gone".

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    Thank you both

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    Default Re: Have you been going? vs Have you been?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Oh dear. "Have you been" and "have you gone" is a much larger topic than I'm ready to disucss today.

    Try using the search feature, entering been gone (not in quotes, though) and see if you get some good threads.

    The "going" just means repeated action, usually continuing to the present.
    • If the festival is every year and you go every year, you could say "I've been going every years since it started."
    • If you went only a couple times, you could say "I've gone to a few."
    • Or imagine what you mean by this: For a while, I was going every year. Then I started working a second job and just couldn't make it. But I"d like to start going again, now that I have more free time again."
    That's clear. What struck me was the way someone would rather ask "Have you been going?" than "Have you been?". I suppose there's a lot implied there in either question by the speaker. The perspective definitely changes depending on whether you use one or the other.

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