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    have been to

    Hi,
    Please, which of the prepositions is preferable?
    -Have you been to/at the exhibition?

    TIA


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    Re: have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Please, which of the prepositions is preferable?
    -Have you been to/at the exhibition?

    TIA
    Humble,

    I'd say neither is preferable but 'to' is more common.

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    Re: have been to

    It is usaully be to but sometimes be in is possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim View Post
    It is usaully be to but sometimes be in is possible.
    Oh! Dr.Jamshid, I'm intrigued by your comment; would you shed more light by citing a few samples in the similar context?

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    Re: have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    Please, which of the prepositions is preferable?
    -Have you been to/at the exhibition?

    TIA
    It's a usual way to say: Have you been to the exhibition?"
    But if we add one word: Have you been present at the exhibition?" is O.k.
    And finally if we replace been into visited neither of the prepositions will be needed. " Have you visited the exhibition?"

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    Re: have been to

    Humble, to expresses movement towards, whereas at expresses location (in space). For example, Have you been to the exhibition?; I was at the exhibition.

    Riverkid, why neither? Could you explain, please.

    Angliholic, They've been to the exhibition, They've been in the exhibition.

    Harry Smith, try The usual way to say it, not 'It's a usual way to say.'

    All the best.

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    Re: have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    For example, Have you been to the exhibition?; I was at the exhibition.
    So, can I also say I have been at the exhibition?..I think 'at' could also be used but what's the difference?And most people tend to use 'to',why?

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    Re: have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by Fazzu View Post
    So, can I also say I have been at the exhibition?
    Yes. But as Harry points out 'been to' is commoner/more common, especially if you're talking about a destination. At refers to a location, not a destination; e.g., I've been at your house (location); I've been to your house (destination).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Angliholic, They've been to the exhibition, They've been in the exhibition.
    Thanks, Casiopea, for the feedback.
    I was having a moment of mental block at that moment. Now, it dawns on me that the sentnece They've been in the exhibition does work.

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    Re: have been to

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Now, it dawns on me that the sentnece They've been in the exhibition does work.
    It's also ambiguous:

    i. They were part of or participated in the exhibition.
    ii. They were inside the building, where the exhibition was held.

    All the best.

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