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    I've been in Portland mostly.

    "I've been in Portland mostly" (I've been living there)

    A lot of grammar texbooks say that "I've been" is followed by "to". So if I said "I've been to Porltland" it would mean that I've been visiting Portland on a regular basis not living there. Is it grammatically correct to say "I've been in Portland/ not to Portland"?

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    Re: I've been in Portland mostly.

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "I've been in Portland mostly" (I've been living there)

    A lot of grammar texbooks say that "I've been" is followed by "to". So if I said "I've been to Porltland" it would mean that I've been visiting Portland on a regular basis not living there. Is it grammatically correct to say "I've been in Portland/ not to Portland"?
    Yes, you can say "I've been in Portland". If somebody asks you where you have been recently, you could say "I've mostly been in Portland, but I spent a little time in Seattle", for example.

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    Re: I've been in Portland mostly.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, you can say "I've been in Portland". If somebody asks you where you have been recently, you could say "I've mostly been in Portland, but I spent a little time in Seattle", for example.
    I might be mistaken, but doesn't "I've been in" suggests more like "Living in the city",whereas "I've been to" suggests visiting the city?

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    Re: I've been in Portland mostly.

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    I might be mistaken, but doesn't "I've been in" suggests more like "Living in the city",whereas "I've been to" suggests visiting the city?
    Yes, it does, living or staying for some time.

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    Re: I've been in Portland mostly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    I can't get that meaning. I've been in Denver and I've been in Boise and I've been in St. Louis. I was in each of these cities on a trip. That doesn't indicate that I ever had a residence in any of these cities. For me to say that I had a residence in one, or all, of these cities, I would have to say, "I lived in Denver." You could also say, "I used to have a place in Denver. I used to stay in Denver."
    Could you tell the difference than between " I've been in the city" and "I've been to the city"?

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    Re: I've been in Portland mostly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Though they have about the same meaning, there is a difference -

    I have been in Portland all of my life.
    I live in Denver and have been to Portland.

    You can use "in" or "to" when tallking about your travels to a city. I have been in Paris. I have been to Paris.
    Thanks. Now I got it.
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    Re: I've been in Portland mostly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Though they have about the same meaning, there is a difference -

    I have been in Portland all of my life.
    I live in Denver and have been to Portland.

    You can use "in" or "to" when tallking about your travels to a city. I have been in Paris. I have been to Paris.
    In BrE, to have been in a place is not at all the same as to have been to a place.

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    Re: I've been in Portland mostly.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In BrE, to have been in a place is not at all the same as to have been to a place.
    Thanks. Got the picture.

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