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    have been/for a while

    I know, the sentence, "I have been to London for a while/time", to mean, "I used to be in London for a short period of time" , is correct

    Then, I wonder, why the following sentence is incorrect/wrong?

    I have been to this forum for a while/time, to mean, "I used to be in this forum for a short period of time".

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    Re: have been/for a while

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    I know, the sentence, "I have been to London for a while/time", to mean, "I used to be in London for a short period of time" , is correct

    Then, I wonder, why the following sentence is incorrect/wrong?

    I have been to this forum for a while/time, to mean, "I used to be in this forum for a short period of time".
    Because you are still in this forum.

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    Re: have been/for a while

    Thank you - Harry Smith
    I can't understand what you mean by "Because you are still in this forum".

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    Re: have been/for a while

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you - Harry Smith
    I can't understand what you mean by "Because you are still in this forum".
    We use "used to" to show that we usually did something in the past and don't do it any more at present. If you log out of this forum your sentence will be correct.

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    Re: have been/for a while

    Thank you Harry Smith.
    To be frank, I can't understand what you intend to explain me.
    Here are what I expect by my original post :
    (1) I want to know whether the sentence, "I have been to this forum for a while" is correct or not.
    If it is correct, is this mean, "I was in this forum for a while but I have now logged out".

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    Re: have been/for a while

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you Harry Smith.
    To be frank, I can't understand what you intend to explain me.
    Here are what I expect by my original post :
    (1) I want to know whether the sentence, "I have been to this forum for a while" is correct or not.
    If it is correct, does it mean, "I was in this forum for a while but I have now logged out"?
    Yes, it does.

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