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    have been to=have been in(at)

    My English-Japanese dictionary says "have been to" sometimes means "have been in(at)" mainly in the USA.
    If so, is the following Q&A natural?

    Have you ever been to New York?

    I have been to New York for three days.

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    Re: have been to=have been in(at)

    Quote Originally Posted by UFOcatcher View Post
    My English-Japanese dictionary says "have been to" sometimes means "have been in (at)" mainly in the USA.
    If so, is the following Q&A natural?

    Have you ever been to New York?

    Yes, I have been to New York for three times. days.
    Hello UFOcatcher, and welcome to the forum.
    See my correction above.

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    #3

    Re: have been to=have been in(at)

    11-May-2015, 22:17 Re: I have been to/in America for 2 weeks

    I have been in America for two weeks = I arrived two weeks ago and I am still there.
    <I have been to America for two weeks = At some point in the past I visited America and I stayed there for two weeks.>

    We don't say "I've been there for two times". You can say "I've been there two times" but it's unnatural because we say "twice", not "two times". For more than twice, you can use the number (I've been there three/four/ten/a hundred times".

    But if <I have been to America for two weeks = At some point in the past I visited America and I stayed there for two weeks.> is correct,
    "I have been to Tokyo for three days." is correct, I think.




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    Re: have been to=have been in(at)

    Quote Originally Posted by UFOcatcher View Post
    But if <I have been to America for two weeks = At some point in the past I visited America and I stayed there for two weeks.> is correct,
    "I have been to Tokyo for three days." is correct, I think.

    It's possible but only in rare cases. For example:
    A: Where have you been in Japan? How long did you stay in each place?
    B:​ I've been to Tokyo for three days and Kyoto for two.
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    Re: have been to=have been in(at)

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    A: Where have you been in Japan? How long did you stay in each place?
    B:​ I've been to Tokyo for three days and Kyoto for two.
    I would still use the past simple (was) for B's reply in the above. I'm curious if this is an AmE thing.

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    Re: have been to=have been in(at)

    I'd use a mixture of the two tenses.

    I've been to Tokyo and Kyoto. I was in Tokyo for ten days and in Kyoto for four days.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: have been to=have been in(at)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'd use a mixture of the two tenses.

    I've been to Tokyo and Kyoto. I was in Tokyo for ten days and in Kyoto for four days.
    That's probably more likely but for me, the present perfect is also possible.
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    #8

    Re: have been to=have been in(at)

    Thank you for your kindness.
    I could understand how to use "have been to".

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    Re: have been to=have been in(at)

    sorry, could→was able to

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