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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"?
Omit 'to' from both sentences (to make them grammatical) and the difference between them depends on the context.
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?
To me, in this case, the present perfect sounds more natural. There seems to be no "previous action".
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.