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    "Have visited here once before" vs "visited here once before"

    Hi everyone, Suppose I have visited France for the second time. Someone welcomes me saying "Hi, welcome to my country. Have you been here before?" Can I reply "thank you. No, this is not the first time I have visited here. I have visited/visited here once before this visit."


    I think both have visited and visited work here. Am I right?
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    Re: "Have visited here once before" vs "visited here once before"

    Yes. And it would be more natural if you didn't end with "this visit." We would usually say something like:

    - I/I've visited here once before.
    - I/I've been here once before.
    - I/I've been here before.
    - I'/I've been here once before.
    - I was here once before.
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    Re: "Have visited here once before" vs "visited here once before"

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Yes. And it would be more natural if you didn't end with "this visit." We would usually say something like:

    - I/I've visited here once before.
    - I/I've been here once before.
    - I/I've been here before.
    - I'/I've been here once before.
    - I was here once before.
    Thank you. Is "I been here before" possible as you suggested?

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    Re: "Have visited here once before" vs "visited here once before"

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Hi everyone, Suppose I have visited France for the second time. Someone welcomes me saying "Hi, welcome to my country. Have you been here before?" Can I reply, "Thank you. No, this is not the first time I have visited here.
    No, you can't. You have been to France before, so your answer should be "Yes".
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    Re: "Have visited here once before" vs "visited here once before"

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    - I/I've been here once before.
    - I/I've been here before.
    - I'/I've been here once before.
    This gives the impression that, "I been here..." is a possibility, which we both know isn't the case.
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    Re: "Have visited here once before" vs "visited here once before"

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post
    Thank you. Is "I been here before" possible as you suggested?
    Oops! No! I typed too fast. Thanks!
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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