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    #1

    Went or gone

    My friend asked me 'Where are they gone?'
    I replied that 'They are gone to the temple.' But later I think I would replied as 'They went to the temple.'

    Please suggest the right one and also correct my grammar mistakes.

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    #2

    Re: Went or gone

    NOT A TEACHER

    The way someone asked you that question suggests that they were being informal.
    Now back to school.
    Be gone is an informal way of saying have gone.
    You are gone means you have gone.

    So, your reply was fine. Your other suggestion is fine too. Mind you in British English, you'd normally say, 'They have gone to the temple.'

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    #3

    Re: Went or gone

    "Where are they gone?" isn't correct. Where have they gone? or Where did they go?

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