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    #1

    Arrow we hadn't been to there before.

    Hello all,
    What is the suitable verb choice for the bold part? ans why? and do we have to use 'clause' after expression 'first time ' or not?

    Last summer my younger sister and I planned to go on a trip. It was Paris where we decided to make a visit, as It was our first time to visit this city and we hadn't been to there/ we had't gone to there before.


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    #2

    Re: we hadn't been to there before.

    I would omit 'to' before 'there' in both cases.
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    Re: we hadn't been to there before.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I would omit 'to' before 'there' in both cases.
    Thanks.
    I got it. as 'there' is an adverb like 'home' and we shouldn't put preposition, but in 'I have been to china', 'china' is a place not adverb.
    Am I right? and both of them are correct? (had gone there, and had been there'?

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    #4

    Re: we hadn't been to there before.

    I think you are right about 'China' being a noun rather than an adverb, so 'to' should be there.
    I consider both 'gone' and 'been' correct.
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    Re: we hadn't been to there before.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think you are right about 'China' being a noun rather than an adverb, so 'to' should be there.
    I consider both 'gone' and 'been' correct.

    Original sentence: Last summer my younger sister and I planned to go on a trip. It was Paris where we decided to make a visit, as It was our first time to visit this city and we hadn't been to there/ we had't gone to there before.

    I also have to revise as the following (I did googling):

    Last summer my younger sister and I planned to go on a trip.
    It was Paris where we decided to make a visit, as It was first time that we wanted to make our journey to this city, and we hadn't been there/ we had't gone there before.
    Last edited by nininaz; 11-Mar-2017 at 04:04.

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    #6

    Re: we hadn't been to there before.

    I would say it briefly as below:
    We decided to visit Paris because we hadn't been there before.
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