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    #1

    Have been to / Have gone to

    Hello!

    I donīt understand very well this test question:

    "No, I _______ to the U.S.A.
    a) Have never been
    b) Have never gone
    c) Never have been
    d) Never have gone

    I answered the B option, the correct one is the A. Iīm Spanish speaker and I donīt understand very well why you canīt say I have never gone to U.S.A any explanation?

    Thank you very much :)

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    #2

    Re: Have been to / Have gone to

    "Never been" is the best answer, but "never gone" is also possible. It's a poor question.

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    Re: Have been to / Have gone to

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Never been" is the best answer, but "never gone" is also possible. It's a poor question.
    Thank you, what do you mean with poor question?

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    Re: Have been to / Have gone to

    The question is designed poorly. There are two possible, grammatically correct answers.

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    Re: Have been to / Have gone to

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

    It's a poor question in that there is more than one possible answer. That said, I would also go for 'have never been'.

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    Re: Have been to / Have gone to

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    **** NOT A TEACHER *****

    It's a poor question in that there is more than one possible answer. That said, I would also go for 'have never been'.
    Yes, it's the best answer. We usually talk about having "been" somewhere, rather than having "gone" there. But not all the time.

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    Re: Have been to / Have gone to

    Okay, thank you. Then is there any difference in the context when you say Iīve never been or Iīve never gone?

    :)

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    #8

    Re: Have been to / Have gone to



    Thank you, Dave and Chicken Sandwich, for clarification. Yes, I got confused when I read "It is a poor question" since in here it means wrong question. In other words, "What did you think?" Again thank you.


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    Re: Have been to / Have gone to

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    In other words, "What did you think?" Again thank you.
    poor - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online

    Definition #2.

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