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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    How long have you been IN England? / I've been TO England for a long time

    Hello,

    Could you advise me please on this subject,

    Why do these phrases have different prepositions?

    How long have you been IN England?
    I've been TO England for a long time.


    Are we allowed to say like this?

    How long have you been to England?
    I've been in England for a long time.

    Many thanks.

  2. jutfrank's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: How long have you been IN England? / I've been TO England for a long time

    Your second sentence is incorrect. It should also use in.

    I've been to England for a long time.
    I've been in England for a long time.

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
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    #3

    Re: How long have you been IN England? / I've been TO England for a long time

    I have been to England for a long time.
    I haven't been to England for a long time.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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