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    present perfect-where

    Hello,

    Jessica: Have you ever been in England?
    Michael: Yes, I have.

    Jessica again asks : Where have you been?
    Michael: In London and Newcastle.

    Is is OK to ask ''where have you been?'' in that dialog or should we ask 'where did you go?' ? Which one is possible? I think that it is better to use the present perfect tense in there.

    Thanks.

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    Re: present perfect-where

    Either is possible.
    If Michael said to the first question "Yes, I went for a week in 2007" then "Where did you go?" would be more natural.

    The "Where have you been" also carries the idea that future touring in England is likely.

    I'm actually puzzling over prepositions. I was in London and Newcastle. I've been to London and Newcastle.
    I think, given that she asked "Where have you been?" that "to" would be a more natural preposition.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: present perfect-where

    So many thanks to you. Can I ask one more question I have trouble with?

    Dialog 1:
    Jessica: Where have you bought those shoes from?
    Michael: I have bought these shoes from America. (Or, I bought these shoes from America)

    Dialog 2:
    Jessica: Where have you bought those shoes from?
    Michael: I have bought these shoes in America. (Or, I bought these shoes in America)

    In dialog 1, we can use the simple past or the present perfect for the answer, but in dialog 2, I can't figure out which tense we must use (the simple past or the preset perfect) for the second answer.

    Thanks.

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    Re: present perfect-where

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    So many thanks to you. Can I ask one more question I have trouble with?

    Dialog 1:
    Jessica: Where have you bought those shoes from?
    Michael: I have bought these shoes from America. (Or, I bought these shoes from America)

    Dialog 2:
    Jessica: Where have you bought those shoes from?
    Michael: I have bought these shoes in America. (Or, I bought these shoes in America)

    In dialog 1, we can use the simple past or the present perfect for the answer, but in dialog 2, I can't figure out which tense we must use (the simple past or the preset perfect) for the second answer.

    Thanks.
    Both are unnatural. This is natural: J. "Where did you buy those shoes?" M. "I bought them in America".

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