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    ever/just

    Hi, teachers.
    If we say "Have you ever been in Paris?", we are asking "if you once went to Paris some times".
    My question is if "Have you just been in Paris?" means "Were you back from Paris just now".
    Please.
    Thank you so much.


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    Re: ever/just

    If we say "Have you ever been in Paris?", we are asking "if you once went to Paris some times".
    My question is if "Have you just been in Paris?" means "Were you back from Paris just now".
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    If we say, "Have you ever been to Paris?", we are asking if they were at any time in Paris.
    My question is whether, "Have you just been to Paris?" means, "Have you recently returned from Paris?"
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    Re: ever/just

    Quote Originally Posted by norwolf View Post
    Hi, teachers.
    If we say "Have you ever been in Paris?", we are asking "if you once went to Paris some times".
    My question is if "Have you just been in Paris?" means "Were you back from Paris just now".
    Please.
    Thank you so much.
    Have you ever/just been in Paris is acceptable as well.


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    Soup: Have you ever/just been in Paris is acceptable as well.

    I think it behooves you to clarify that.
    In the bald sentence as given, it is much more likely that this is a 'have you ever been to' reference.

    Your statement implies that both are interchangeable at will and whim. Unless, of course, this is another American Englishism where such distinctions are blurred and they are...
    compare:
    "Have you ever been in Paris during the Festival of Montmatre?"

    "Have you just been to Paris?" is a general question in no need of finer localization to within the city limits of Paris.
    Last edited by David L.; 05-Apr-2009 at 09:28.

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    Re: ever/just

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Soup: Have you ever/just been in Paris is acceptable as well.

    I think it behooves you to clarify that.
    It appears you are looking for validation, not clarification: you say "been to" is acceptable, whereas I say both "been to" and "been in" are acceptable.

    My post stands as is. If you have a problem with that, see the moderators.

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