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    had been

    Can I say "I had been to there before"? or should I say "I have been to there before"? Any difference between "had been to" and "have been to"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Can I say "I had been to there before"? or should I say "I have been to there before"? Any difference between "had been to" and "have been to"?
    It's "I have/had been to there before". Yes, there is a difference, as there always is beween the present and past perfect forms.

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    Re: had been

    Omit 'to' from both sentences (to make them grammatical) and the difference between them depends on the context.

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    Thanks!

    Take the example of the sentence "That was the first time I had been there." Since "had been" is in past perfect form, does it mean the action "had been" occurred prior to another action in the past? If so, what was that action?

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    Re: had been

    Quote Originally Posted by Jiayun View Post
    Take the example of the sentence "That was the first time I had been there." Since "had been" is in past perfect form, does it mean the action "had been" occurred prior to another action in the past? If so, what was that action?
    How can we know without context?

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    Re: had been

    My friend just visited India and I asked him "was that the first time you had been to India?", he replied "Yes, that was the first time I had been to India".

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    How can we know without context?

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    Re: had been

    Hi,

    To me, in this case, the present perfect sounds more natural. There seems to be no "previous action".

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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