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    Question question about tense

    This is my question.
    Taro has gone to Hokkaido since last Sunday. So he isn't at home now.
    And then, his cousin asks Taro's sister where he is.
    "Where is Taro?" In this case, how should Taro's sister answer? I would like to know the native spekers' way.
    1. He went to Hokkaido last Sunday.
    2. He has gone to Hokkaido last Sunday.
    3. He has been to Hokkaido last Sunday.
    4. He is in Hokkaido.
    1 It doesn't mean he is in Hokkaido now,,,,,, right?
    2 Do you use " has gone " in this case?? I feel he will not come back..
    Which answer is the most natural way to say?

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    Re: question about tense

    I think "He went to Hokkaido last Sunday" is ok.

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    Red face Re: question about tense

    1.Where is Taro?
    Taro is in Hokkado.(now) He has gone to visit some clients.(action continues)He went by plane , (finished action) but he will come back by train.
    Taro has gone : to Hokkaido = He is still there
    Taro has been to Hokkaido= He went to Hokkaido but he is back.
    You use present perfect for an unfinished action.
    2. Time expressions:
    last week, yesterday, a month ago= expressed Simple Past
    since... last Sunday = present perfect


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    Re: question about tense

    Quote Originally Posted by question View Post
    This is my question.
    Taro has gone to Hokkaido since last Sunday. So he isn't at home now.
    And then, his cousin asks Taro's sister where he is.
    "Where is Taro?" In this case, how should Taro's sister answer? I would like to know the native spekers' way.
    1. He went to Hokkaido last Sunday.
    2. He has gone to Hokkaido last Sunday.
    3. He has been to Hokkaido last Sunday.
    4. He is in Hokkaido.
    1 It doesn't mean he is in Hokkaido now,,,,,, right?
    2 Do you use " has gone " in this case?? I feel he will not come back..
    Which answer is the most natural way to say?
    I would answer "He is in Hokkaido.", because the question is asking about his location, not about when he went.

    From your example answers, 1 means only that he was in Hokkaido last Sunday. It say s nothing about where he was on Monday. 2 and 3 are incorrect, because you cannot use a perfect tense with a time clause. Perfect tense is for indefinite time and/or to link two times.

    "He has been to Tokyo." - but we don't know, or don't care, when. (Indefinite)
    "He has gone to Tokyo." - he went in the past and he is still there now. (link two times)

    By adding a time clause, you make it both a definite time and a single time, so it must be simple tense.


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    Re: question about tense

    i would say too

    "he is in Hokkaido "

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