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    Has been/has gone

    What is the difference please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsChomsky View Post
    What is the difference please?
    The difference is simple. Look below:

    Mrs Chomsky has gone to Rome. (which means that Mrs Chomsky is not here now, she may be going to Rome at the moment, or she may even be there now, i.e. in Rome)
    Mrs Chomsky has been to Rome. (which means that Mrs Chomsky is back now, she's not in Rome, she may have just returned from there; you could also say the same thing with Mrs Chomsky being in Rome now, and this would be speaking about her experiences)
    Mrs Chomsky has been in Rome for a while. (which means that she is there now, emphasising the duration of her stay there)

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    Re: Has been/has gone

    Quote Originally Posted by MrsChomsky View Post
    What is the difference please?
    She has been to France. - she returned from France [recently finished action]

    This sentence means that she has had the experience of being in France. Maybe she has been there once, or several times.

    She has gone to France. - she went to France and she is still there now.

    Has gone to vs. Has been to

    ... has/have gone to ... refers to someone who has gone to a place but has not yet returned.

    Examples:

    He's gone to the bank. He should be back soon.
    Where has Tom gone?


    ... has/have been to ... refers to a place which someone has visited sometime in his life. In other words, "has been to" refers to an experience.

    Examples:

    He's been to London many times.
    I've been to Disneyland twice.
    Common Mistakes in English - Has gone to vs. Has been to
    Last edited by Teia; 04-Oct-2007 at 21:07.

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