[Grammar] gone / been

Meja

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Have you seen my shoes? They have gone/been missing.

I'd like to know if both versions are possible. If yes, is there any difference?

Thanks in advance.
 

Meja

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'...been missing MUST be followed by a period of time.

I'd like to check if I understood well. Both expressions have the same meaning, and can be used for both people and things, with the difference that "been missing" must be followed by a period of time which indicates the length of absence and "gone missing" can never be followed by a period of time.

Have you seen my shoes?
-They have gone missing.
-[STRIKE]They have been missing.[/STRIKE]
-They have been missing for weeks.

I do not know where my dog is.
-It has gone missing.
[STRIKE]-It's been missing.[/STRIKE]
-It has been missing since Friday.
 

Meja

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If you refer to my first example, that was a typo and I have already changed it.
 
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