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    #1

    Question in/to

    Hello everybody,

    what is the difference?: I have never been to/in the cinema. or I have been to/in hospital.

    Thanks a lot!


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    Re: in/to

    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    Hello everybody,

    what is the difference?: I have never been to/in the cinema. or I have been to/in hospital.

    Thanks a lot!
    I have never been to the cinema.
    (With 'in' the sentence is ungrammatical)

    I have been to hospital this year.
    (It means that you spent some time in hospital this year, taking a treatment course. Now you are back home).

    I have been in hospital for two weeks.
    (You have already spent 2 weeks in hospital, taking a treatment course, and are still there)

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    #3

    Smile Re: in/to

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I have never been to the cinema.
    (With 'in' the sentence is ungrammatical)

    I have been to hospital this year.
    (It means that you spent some time in hospital this year, taking a treatment course. Now you are back home).

    I have been in hospital for two weeks.
    (You have already spent 2 weeks in hospital, taking a treatment course, and are still there)
    Wholly agreed.
    In addition, I have been to a hospital would mean that you know what a hospital is, what it looks like, or you know what it feels like to be treated by a doctor in a place called hospital.

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