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    I have been

    "I have been to Canada." (He isn't in Canada any more)


    As a Present perfect tense, why "have been" is often used in finished action (to be in somewhere else)? Is it rather like "have experienced"?

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    Re: I have been

    'You can use the Present Perfect to describe your experience. It is like saying, "I have the experience of..."'── quoted from http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentperfect.html Scroll down to 'TOPIC 1 Experience'.

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    Re: I have been

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkmate View Post
    Is it rather like "have experienced"?
    In a sense yes, as it doesn't tell us when- it's an experience from someone past, but that's all we know for now. The second the person starts filling us in with the details, the simple past tense will be used.

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