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Polyester

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Are my sentences grammatically correct?

I have been China / have been to China for trip and will stay China 5 days. During these days in China, I have been shopping / have been to shopping because these things in there are great cheap. So, I have bought a lot...
 

Roman55

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I have been China = you are or were China (which is ridiculous)
I have been to China = you went to China
I have been shopping = I went shopping / I was shopping
I have been to shopping = this is meaningless
 

tedmc

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When is/was your trip to China?
Did you write the sentences yourself?
I thought you are from China.
 

teechar

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I have been in China ...
That's possible. It means you went to China sometime in the past and you are still there now.

I have been to China ...
That's possible. It talks about a special experience in your life. It means China a country you've visited sometime in your life.

...will stay in China for five days.
That's possible. It indicates a future action/plan/intention.

During these days in China, I have been shopping
Which days are you talking about?

have been to shopping because [STRIKE]these[/STRIKE] things in there are great cheap.
The underlined parts are ungrammatical.

Try, for example,:
I'm in China (on a business trip) and will be here for five days. I've gone shopping and bought lots of things because everything here is so cheap.
 
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Rover_KE

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Polyester, please post only one sentence per thread for us to discuss.

Answers get very muddled when we have to correct three sentences at the same time.
 
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