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    #1

    help please!

    Is it completely wrong to say:
    Have you ever been in London?


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    #2

    Re: help please!

    In your complete sentence as it stands, it is incorrect. It would be "Have you ever been to London?"
    Look at this sentence:
    "Have you ever been in London when Buckingham Palace was open to tourists?"
    Last edited by David L.; 20-Nov-2007 at 18:47.


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    #3

    Re: help please!

    Thank you David!! I appreciate your help!

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    #4

    Re: help please!

    I don't agree that "Have you ever been in London?" is incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: help please!

    Is it true or false, I will happy to know the good answer.

    Thanks

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    #6

    Re: help please!

    In North America people say all of the following. (not necessarily in order of prevalence)
    Have you ever been in London?
    Have you ever been to London?
    Have you ever gone to London?
    Have you ever visited London?


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    #7

    Re: help please!

    I do not see a problem with it.. You can ask this of any city:

    Have you ever been in Paris?
    Have you ever been in Oxford?
    Have you ever been in Moscow?

    The BNC is happy with the phrase.


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    #8

    Re: help please!

    The number of times I have went to the States, when I swum across the Atlantic Ocean to save airfare (though at times I nearly sunk in heavy seas), I have learnt that current American speech should not be regarded as an authority 2006.
    Last edited by David L.; 21-Nov-2007 at 17:57.

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