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    Have you been / Have you ever been -Any difference?

    Hi,


    I came across these constructions in a grammar book.

    Have you been to Rome?

    Have you ever been to Rome?

    Is there any difference in meaning and usage between the two sentences?Can't they be used interchangeably? Don't both of them refer to life's experience until now?

    Can someone clarify please.

    Thank you,

    Arun


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    Re: Have you been / Have you ever been -Any difference?

    Although fundamentally the same, "ever" adds an emphasis to the question as to whether you have been there or not.

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    Re: Have you been / Have you ever been -Any difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by greystroke View Post
    Hi,


    I came across these constructions in a grammar book.

    Have you been to Rome?

    Have you ever been to Rome?

    Is there any difference in meaning and usage between the two sentences?Can't they be used interchangeably? Don't both of them refer to life's experience until now?

    Can someone clarify please.

    Thank you,

    Arun
    As they stand they are interchangeable, but, for example, you can say "Have you been to Rome since last summer?" but you can't say "Have you ever been to Rome since last summer?"

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