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    present perfect vs past simple

    What is the difference "I have been to Australia." vs "I went to Australia."? When do you use each one?

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    Re: present perfect vs past simple

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    What is the difference "I have been to Australia." vs "I went to Australia."? When do you use each one?
    "I have been to Australia" means that you are still there, so you do not know when you come back. If you say " I went to Australia" you mean that you came back from Australia and you are not there any more.


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    Hi Dilod,

    I wont accept your explanation for 'I have been to Australia'.

    'I have been to Australia' - It means I have visited Australia and probably traveled back to some other countries or bact to own country. A person who is there in Australia can't say that 'I have been to Australia' since already he is Australia'

    Thanks Mahi.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    "I have been to Australia" means that you are still there, so you do not know when you come back. If you say " I went to Australia" you mean that you came back from Australia and you are not there any more.
    Vice versa!


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    Additionally: About ''I went to Australia'' - It doesn't imply you don't know when you're comming back.
    Last edited by Jason72; 09-Jul-2007 at 16:23. Reason: One L left out...

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