I'm new to this forum, so let me first say Hi!
A student asks if he can use "there" instead of "here" in the following sentence in an essay:
"Before I moved to the United States for good, I had visited here twice"
His reasoning is that "there" sounds more formal. For me it just sounds odd, since we both live and write in the U.S.
Last edited by Behemottka; 18-Jul-2012 at 20:47. Reason: mistake :)
Or simply say you had visited twice.
You're right that "visited here" sounds unnatural. If you're saying this statement while in the US, either say (as Soothing Dave said) "Before moving here, I [had] visited twice" or "Before moving here permanently, I had come/been here twice [on holiday/on vacation]".
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.