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    #1

    Arrow Have you ever been TO x Have you ever been IN

    Hi folks,

    Is Falcon here, again.
    Could somebody help me please?

    Supposing that I'm in Brazil, talking to a person also over here. Which question could I say?

    1) Have you ever been to Brazil before? or
    2) Have you ever been in Brazil before?

    Is there any difference in meaning? Both sentences are correct?

    Thanks!

    Falcon


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    #2

    Re: Have you ever been TO x Have you ever been IN

    Hello Falcon

    I'd say it's a collocation. But I'm not sure


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    #3

    Re: Have you ever been TO x Have you ever been IN

    sorry, forgot to say

    I've been to (collocation and the correct form)

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    #4

    Re: Have you ever been TO x Have you ever been IN

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Hi folks,

    Is Falcon here, again.
    Could somebody help me please?

    Supposing that I'm in Brazil, talking to a person also over here. Which question could I say?

    1) Have you ever been to Brazil before? or
    2) Have you ever been in Brazil before?

    Is there any difference in meaning? Both sentences are correct?

    Thanks!

    Falcon
    DISCLAIMER: I am not a teacher.
    My two cents

    I would say "Have you ever been in Brazil before?", judging from the fact that you and the listener are both in Brazil at the time of conversation.

    However, if you (Falcon) are talking to a friend outside Brazil, you might say, "Have you ever been to Brazil before?"

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    #5

    Re: Have you ever been TO x Have you ever been IN

    I agree, though something like 'Is this your first time in Brazil?' sounds more natural to me.

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    #6

    Re: Have you ever been TO x Have you ever been IN

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Supposing that I'm in Brazil, talking to a person also over here. Which question could I say?

    1) Have you ever been to Brazil before? or
    2) Have you ever been in Brazil before?
    Given the situation you're describing, I'd say they are both correct. I would make my final choice of usage depending on the context of your question.

    And yes, I've been to Brazil before (I'm not there now. Though, I wish I were!)

    Debra
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    #7

    Re: Have you ever been TO x Have you ever been IN

    dear,


    Both Qs are in present perfect but they have different meaning :
    The first is asked when you expect someone has visited it .
    The second is asked to know if he stayed there for aperiod of time.

    With best regards.

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    #8

    Re: Have you ever been TO x Have you ever been IN

    Thanks people!!

    Gotcha!

    Falcon

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