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    the use of have been to

    If someone from another country come to your country, can I say "Have you been to (your country name) before?
    For example, if I meet someone from another country, in Japan(my country), is it OK to say "Have you been to Japan before?"
    Or should I say " Have you come to Japan before?"

    I am looking forward to your replies.

    Yoshio

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    Re: the use of have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by shikemoku View Post
    If someone from another country come to your country, can I say "Have you been to (your country name) before?
    For example, if I meet someone from another country, in Japan(my country), is it OK to say "Have you been to Japan before?"
    Or should I say " Have you come to Japan before?"

    I am looking forward to your replies.

    Yoshio
    Either "been" or "come" would be fine. I think "been" would be more common.

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    Re: the use of have been to

    "Come" sounds weird to me.

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    #4

    Re: the use of have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by shikemoku View Post
    If someone from another country come to your country, can I say "Have you been to (your country name) before?
    For example, if I meet someone from another country, in Japan(my country), is it OK to say "Have you been to Japan before?"
    Or should I say " Have you come to Japan before?"

    I am looking forward to your replies.

    Yoshio
    I think the best way to answer this question is to think of how I would respond. I would say "No, I haven't been to Japan before." However, I would never say "no, I haven't come to Japan before." The second way is incorrect.

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    Re: the use of have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by EliseMartel View Post
    I think the best way to answer this question is to think of how I would respond. I would say "No, I haven't been to Japan before." However, I would never say "no, I haven't come to Japan before." The second way is incorrect.
    Sorry, but it is not incorrect. People come to Japan or Norway, or the US, etc. all the time.

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    #6

    Re: the use of have been to

    I forgot to mention that I am not a teacher:) I'm an uber-newbie. The second way just sounded weird to me. Obviously, people come into the US or Japan from other countries. However, since coming denotes going toward the speaker, would it be appropriate to say "have you even come to Japan before" to someone in Japan vs. "have you ever been to Japan before" to someone in another country (such as randomly polling people at a city park)?

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    Re: the use of have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by EliseMartel View Post
    I forgot to mention that I am not a teacher:) I'm an uber-newbie. The second way just sounded weird to me. Obviously, people come into the US or Japan from other countries. However, since coming denotes going toward the speaker, would it be appropriate to say "have you even come to Japan before" to someone in Japan vs. "have you ever been to Japan before" to someone in another country (such as randomly polling people at a city park)?
    Yes. Both are appropriate. There is more than one way to express a thought. You may have your favorite, but that that does not make other alternatives incorrect.

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Come" sounds weird to me.
    It sounds strange to this speaker of BrE, too, as does the statement form. On my first visit to a place, I would say only "I've never been to X before", not "I've never come to X before".

    I might, if I have visited the place before, and am thinking of the method of travel, say "I've never come to X by train before".

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    Re: the use of have been to

    Thank you very much for replying to my post so quickly.
    The reason why I asked that question is that the common translation of "have been to" is "have had an experience of going to a place" in Japanese.
    After reading through what all of you wrote, I suppose "have come to" sounds unnatural in the sentence I gave.
    Am I right?

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    Re: the use of have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by shikemoku View Post
    After reading through what all of you wrote, I suppose "have come to" sounds unnatural in the sentence I gave.
    Am I right?
    The only thing you can conclude from the above opinions is that it sounds unnatural to four native English speakers and natural to one.

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