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    #1

    I traveled to Spain

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    G: Hello, Santiago! What brings you here?
    B: Bienvenido, Cathy. I came to see the Spanish festival.
    G: Me, too. But what did you just say?
    B : Bienvenido! It means "welcome" in Spanish.
    G : Wow! You speak Spanish very well.
    B : I have studied Spanish since I traveled to Spain
    G: How nice! Santiago,can you see the big letters on the stage? What does that mean?
    B : Oh, gracias. That means "thank you.".

    Q. Fill in the blank with a sentence by using "since" and "travel".
    A : I have studied Spanish since I traveled to Spain.

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    The answer here is the above sentence, but many students wrote the following without "to".
    "travel to" doesn't mean "You traveled Spain" to gain knowledge of Spanish but "moved to Spain".
    So I think the following is more suitable in the context. What do you think?
    I have studied Spanish since I traveled Spain.
    Last edited by keannu; 16-Jul-2019 at 09:40.

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    #2

    Re: I traveled to Spain

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    B : I have studied Spanish since I traveled to Spain

    I have studied Spanish since I traveled Spain.
    Neither sentence is natural.

    I can't think of a particularly natural sentence with 'since' and 'travel'.
    Last edited by Piscean; 16-Jul-2019 at 10:45.

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    #3

    Re: I traveled to Spain

    Could you let me know the reason?

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    #4

    Re: I traveled to Spain

    I have been learning Spanish since coming to Spain/I came here.

    You don't say you travel to a place when you are already there.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #5

    Re: I traveled to Spain

    The speaker is not in Spain but probably in America.

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    #6

    Re: I traveled to Spain

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    The speaker is not in Spain but probably in America.
    In that case, the original sentence is possible. How do you know that the speaker was not in Spain?

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    #7

    Re: I traveled to Spain

    in case of outside Spain, does "travel to" still make sense? Wouldn't "travel" be better?
    For location, there is no definite clue.

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    #8

    Re: I traveled to Spain

    Use travel to and its variations in that context. We don't say I traveled Spain.
    Not a professional teacher

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    #9

    Re: I traveled to Spain

    You could say:

    I have been studying Spanish since I visited Spain.
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    #10

    Re: I traveled to Spain

    then, what do you mean by "I traveled to Spain"?
    it just indicates movement to Spain, which can't result in learning Spanish.
    I think "I traveled in Spain" would be best.

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