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    I've been/ gone

    Hello there,

    One of the uses of the present perfect is to refer to actions when the time is not important, but it's also used to show a connection with the present. If I want to express that I went to somewhere, but "when" is unknown, can I use "gone" without inferring a relation to the present moment?

    I've gone to Europe many times.

    I'd say: I've been to Europe. But my question is regarding the verb "go".

    Thank you.
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    Re: I've been/ gone

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Hello there,

    One of the uses of the present perfect is to refer to actions when the time is not important, but it's also used to show a connection with the present. If I want to express that I went to somewhere, but "when" is unknown, can I use "gone" without inferring a relation to the present moment?

    I've gone to Europe many times.

    I'd say: I've been to Europe. But my question is regarding the verb "go".

    Thank you.
    Yes, that works. It is similar to "I've traveled to Europe many times."

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    Re: I've been/ gone

    Thanks Mike!

    But then I have to explicit that I'm referring to a repeated action in the past, right?
    Because If someone says: "My friend has gone to NY" I'll understand that this person's friend is still in NY.

    I may be wrong, but sometimes we stick to the rules, but it's much about context :)
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    #4

    Re: I've been/ gone

    Your original meaning would be more naturally conveyed as "I have been to..." (in my opinion).
    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: I've been/ gone

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Thanks Mike!

    But then I have to explicit that I'm referring to a repeated action in the past, right?
    Because If someone says: "My friend has gone to NY" I'll understand that this person's friend is still in NY.

    I may be wrong, but sometimes we stick to the rules, but it's much about context :)
    Yes, and "many times" changes the meaning.

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