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    #1

    been in

    Hi,

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/been

    Use been in when you are living or staying in a place: How long have you been in London?

    I think I feel a little bit confused about the usage of 'been in.' I tried to write a few sentences. Could you please tell me if they are OK or not.

    1- I have been in London three times in all my life. (Does it mean that I am still in London?)
    2- I have been in London three times in all my life before. (Does it mean that I am still in London?)
    3- (For) how long have you been in London before? (I think this sentence is wrong because of 'before.' Right?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: been in

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Hi,

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/been

    Use been in when you are living or staying in a place: How long have you been in London?

    I think I feel a little bit confused about the usage of 'been in.' I tried to write a few sentences. Could you please tell me if they are OK or not.

    1- I have been in London three times in all my life. (Does it mean that I am still in London?) No, this isn't grammatical.
    2- I have been in London three times in all my life before. (Does it mean that I am still in London?) No, this isn't grammatical.
    3- (For) how long have you been in London before? (I think this sentence is wrong because of 'before.' Right? No, this isn't grammatical, even without 'before'.

    Thanks.
    None of these are used correctly. You can't use 'been in' to refer to the number of times you've visited.

    To express the number of times you've visited, use "been to".

    "I have been to London three times."
    "How many times have you been to London?"

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    #3

    Re: been in

    "How long have you been in London" is fine, isn't it?

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    #4

    Re: been in

    Yes.

    'Been in' refers to the duration of the stay, while 'been to' refers to the number of visits.

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    #5

    Re: been in

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    (Does it mean that I am still in London?)
    I think the following sentence means so, but I am not a teacher.
    'I have been (living/staying) in London for XXX years/months.'

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