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    preposition present perfect

    Are they different?

    They have been to the party.
    They have been at the party.

    She has been to the park.
    She has been in the park.

    Should we only use ''to'' with present perfect?

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    Re: preposition present perfect

    Would you be so kind as to answer my question?
    Thanks.

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    Re: preposition present perfect

    You can use different prepositions, so all those examples are OK.

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    Re: preposition present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Would you be so kind as to answer my question?
    Thanks.
    Please be patient- there are many threads at any one time.

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    Re: preposition present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You can use different prepositions, so all those examples are OK.
    Thanks.
    But which one is more common? They are not different at all? Is it correct to say we should only use ''to'' with present perfect?

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    Re: preposition present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    T Is it correct to say we should only use ''to'' with present perfect?
    No. As Tdol said, all your examples are OK.

    There is no significant difference in meaning between the two senttences in each of your pairs.

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    Re: preposition present perfect

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post

    She has been to the park.
    She has been in the park.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) As the teachers always tell us learners, it depends on the context (the situation).

    (2) Mona does not want to go to the park. Why? Because she has been to the

    park ( = gone to the park) a million times, and she is tired of it.

    (3) I am very worried. I know that my son has been in/at ( = he's there now) the

    park for more than two hours, but he still has not called me. That park is very

    dangerous. A lot of bad people hang out there.

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