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Which is better to say when someone asks me "Where are they?"
1. They went somewhere, but I don't know where.
2. They've gone somewhere, but I don't know where.
1. They went somewhere, but I don't know where. If you hurry, you may still be able to catch them before they are out of the school grounds.
This implies that the speaker regards the event as complete, finished, and may view the situation as one where these people have gone and are not coming back.
2. They've gone somewhere, but I don't know where. I don't think they'll be very long though.
Here, the speaker is more likely to view the situation as a temporary absence and the people will be returning.
Last edited by David L.; 19-Oct-2008 at 18:47.
So if, for example, my brother went to visit his aunt and he would be back home in two or three hours, is it better to use the past simple or the present perfect?
If my friend has just gone out to the pub and the other of my friends asks me "Where is Paul?" is it better to say "He went to the pub" or "He's gone to the pub"