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    I went to USA.

    "I went to USA three times three years ago and it had never been a bad trip."

    "I have been to USA three times and it has never been a bad trip."

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    Re: I went to USA.

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    1. In 2013, I went to the USA / the U.S. / the States three times, and each visit was very pleasant. [Perhaps you came here in January, April, and December of that year.]

    2. I have been to the USA / the U.S. / the States three times, and each visit has been very pleasant. [Perhaps you came here in 2004, 2008, and 2013.]


    P.S. Writing teachers tell us to be positive whenever it is possible. Instead of saying "never a bad trip," it is better to say "always a good / pleasant / nice trip."

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    Re: I went to USA.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    P.S. Writing teachers tell us to be positive whenever it is possiblel.
    I would not recommend a teacher who gave such advice. Litotes can be very effective.
    Instead of saying "never a bad trip," it is better to say "always a good / pleasant / nice trip."
    The original is fine in BrE. Incidentally, it does not necessarily mean that the trips were good/pleasant/nice.

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    Re: I went to USA.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I would not recommend a teacher who gave such advice. Litotes can be very effective.The original is fine in BrE. Incidentally, it does not necessarily mean that the trips were good/pleasant/nice.
    Are you saying that my sentences are correct?

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    Re: I went to USA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    "I went to USA three times three years ago and it had never been a bad trip."

    "I have been to USA three times and it has never been a bad trip."
    I went to the USA three times three years ago, and didn't have a (single) bad trip.
    I have been to the USA three times, and haven't had a (single) bad trip.

    'Never' strikes me as a little strong when you have been only three times.

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