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    I have been to or I have been in?

    I have been to Britain... (eg. three times). But what about time period? Is there the same rule ( ,,I have been to Britain for two days'' or ,, I have been in Britain for two days''?

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    Re: I have been to or I have been in?

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...547#post114547
    After reading the above, I think it is correct to say 'I have been in Britain for two days'.

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    #3

    Re: I have been to or I have been in?

    Which of the sentences is the most appropriate:
    1. "I have been to a scholarschip in England for 2 years.''
    2. ''.................on...................in........ ......................
    3. ''.................to....................to....... ......................
    4.''...................on...................to.... .......................

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    #4

    Re: I have been to or I have been in?

    I am not a teacher.

    'Been to' is dynamic and means gone/travelled to so it would be followed by the number of times. 'I have been to Britain twice.'

    'Been in' is stative and is followed by a duration. 'I have been in Britain twice.'

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    #5

    Re: I have been to or I have been in?

    Quote Originally Posted by indifferent View Post
    1. "I have been to a scholarschip in England for 2 years.''
    I have been on a scholarship in England for two years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    'Been in' is stative and is followed by a duration. 'I have been in Britain twice.'
    Is 'twice' a duration? Should it be 'two days'?

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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 03-Nov-2014 at 11:50.

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    #6

    Re: I have been to or I have been in?

    No, "twice" is not a duration. It defines how many times something has happened.

    I have been in Britain for two days = I arrived in Britain two days ago and I am still here.
    I have been to Britain twice = In my life, I have visited Britain on two separate occasions (duration of visit not specified)

    I find "I have been in Britain twice" rather unnatural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have been to or I have been in?

    If the speaker is no longer in Britain, it should be 'I was in Britain for two days'.

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    #8

    Re: I have been to or I have been in?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Is 'twice' a duration? Should it be 'two days'?
    Hello, Matthew.

    Yes, it should.
    It is very likely that Roman copied and pasted the sentence ('I have been in Britain twice') and forgot to change the 'twice' to something else.


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    Re: I have been to or I have been in?

    I have no problem with "I have been in Britain twice".

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    Re: I have been to or I have been in?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    It is very likely that Roman copied and pasted the sentence ('I have been in Britain twice') and forgot to change the 'twice' to something else.
    Very perceptive of you. That's exactly what happened.

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