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    been to x been in

    Whats the difference between Ive been to England and Ive been in England? What about the question Have you ever been in Boston? Does it sound natural?

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    Re: been to x been in

    I have been to England / Have you ever been to England?

    Those sound defnitely the best. I have been IN England sound a bit awkward to me but yet it is used.

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    Re: been to x been in

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Whats the difference between Ive been to England and Ive been in England? What about the question Have you ever been in Boston? Does it sound natural?

    Have you ever been to England/I have been to England >> implies "Have you ever visited England..."

    Have you ever been in England/Boston/Canada? >> Here, "in" is indicating location or position within limits. It sounds fine to me if you are asking someone whether they have ever been within these places, or asking a question like "Where have you been these last two months?" >> "I have been in England for a course".

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    Re: been to x been in

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Whats the difference between Ive been to England It implies movement. I have gone to England.



    and Ive been in England? I have stayed in England, spent time in England.


    What about the question Have you ever been in Boston? Does it sound natural?Yes. It does, depending what you want to stress.
    In tests, however, my first choice would be:
    "Have you ever been to", NOT in.

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    Re: been to x been in

    sorry, Banderas, but Im not sure about what you wrote... Thats what students tend to think, but its not quite right.

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    Wink Re: been to x been in

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    but its not quite right.
    No need to be sorry.
    Note that it is never enough to say "it is not (quite) right". Say why you think it is not right or correct me as I still think it is "quite" right.

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    Re: been to x been in

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    No need to be sorry.
    Note that it is never enough to say "it is not (quite) right". Say why you think it is not right or correct me as I still think it is "quite" right.
    I agree with banderas, "I have been to..." is to be preferred over "in" except possibly in certain circumstances, as mentioned by Anglika.

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    Re: been to x been in

    Banderas and Anglika have different ideias. I agree with Anglika, saying why is unnecessary. But Im looking forwarding to reading more opionions.

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    Re: been to x been in

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I agree with Anglika, saying why is unnecessary.
    I do not expect you to say why you agree with Anglika. I expect you to say why you think that I am not "quite right". If you feel that I am wrong, then you must know why, right? I bet you know that, don't you?

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    #10

    Re: been to x been in

    I am just a student.
    it doesn't seem to me that Banderas and Anglika have different opinions.
    as far as I have seen, ''been to'' is the answer expected from a student in a standard ESL test and only advanced learners would use "in" in more elaborate circumstances.
    the confusion may occur among Brazilians because "in" is the natural preposition for a student whose first language is Portuguese.
    just an opinion.
    Last edited by jctgf; 26-May-2008 at 01:03.

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