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    gone / been

    Have you seen my shoes? They have gone/been missing.

    I'd like to know if both versions are possible. If yes, is there any difference?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: gone / been

    I think both are possible. The difference is that 'been missing' can be followed by 'for (a period of time)', but 'gone missing' cannot, according to http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...sing?q=missing
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    Re: gone / been

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    '...been missing' can be followed by 'for (a period of time)'.
    '...been missing' MUST be followed by a period of time.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Sep-2017 at 18:35.

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    Re: gone / been

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    '...been missing MUST be followed by a period of time.
    I'd like to check if I understood well. Both expressions have the same meaning, and can be used for both people and things, with the difference that "been missing" must be followed by a period of time which indicates the length of absence and "gone missing" can never be followed by a period of time.

    Have you seen my shoes?
    -They have gone missing.
    -They have been missing.
    -They have been missing for weeks.

    I do not know where my dog is.
    -It has gone missing.
    -It's been missing.
    -It has been missing since Friday.

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    Re: gone / been

    If you refer to my first example, that was a typo and I have already changed it.

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