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    #1

    "Where have you been?" "I was..."

    Hello,
    I often hear this question.
    However, I don't know how to answer it properly.
    I will try to explain it a bit better:

    Example:
    I was on vacation for 2 weeks, but a friend did not know this.
    After these 2 weeks he sees me and asks:
    "Where have you been?"
    Could I simply say:
    "I have been on vacation"
    I am not there anymore, that's why I would use "was".
    "I was on vacation."

    Is it okay to answer a "have been"-question with a "was"-sentence?

    Cheers!

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    Exclamation Re: "Where have you been?" "I was..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I often hear this question.
    However, I don't know how to answer it properly.
    I will try to explain it a bit better:

    Example:
    I was on vacation for 2 weeks, but a friend did not know this.
    After these 2 weeks he sees me and asks:
    "Where have you been?"
    Could I simply say:
    "I have been on vacation"
    I am not there anymore, that's why I would use "was".
    "I was on vacation."

    Is it okay to answer a "have been"-question with a "was"-sentence?

    Cheers!
    If you want to be a bit expressive, you can say:
    I have been to (name of place) on vacation.
    Otherwise, for a brief reply, simply say:
    I was on vacation

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