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    i have been X i was

    hi,

    "i have been to london last summer" is the right form, ok?

    but doesn't "i have been" imply something the is still happening?

    "i have been laughing since i won that money".

    if i am now back from london, shoundn't i say

    "i have gonne to london last summer" or "i went to london last summer" ?

    thanks!

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    Re: i have been X i was

    if you use 'last summer' or any other way of implying WHEN something in the past has happened (last night, two days ago, when i was a child), you have to use the PAST SIMPLE not the PRESENT PERFECT

    yes, 'have been' is used for actions that are still happening, (one of its usages) but it can also be used for actions that happened in the past and are finished but we dont know 'when' they happened or we are not interested in it

    e.g I have been to London

    says you have visited London at some point in the past..can be last month, two years ago, ten years ago...doesnt matter...what matters is the action itself, not WHEN it happened

    so in your case the correct one is "I went to London last summer"

    hope it helped

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    Re: i have been X i was

    Quote Originally Posted by anagahan View Post
    if you use 'last summer' or any other way of implying WHEN something in the past has happened (last night, two days ago, when i was a child), you have to use the PAST SIMPLE not the PRESENT PERFECT

    yes, 'have been' is used for actions that are still happening, (one of its usages) but it can also be used for actions that happened in the past and are finished but we dont know 'when' they happened or we are not interested in it

    e.g I have been to London

    says you have visited London at some point in the past..can be last month, two years ago, ten years ago...doesnt matter...what matters is the action itself, not WHEN it happened

    so in your case the correct one is "I went to London last summer"

    hope it helped

    oh boy!

    my english teacher has just told me the opposite!

    i am going nuts with english!

    thanks s lot!

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