I went/have been there

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"That's my favourite restaurant, I........... there many times."

Why should I use 'have been' instead of 'went' in this sentence?
 
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But doesn't "I have been there" mean "I am in that restaurant right now" ?
 

tzfujimino

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(In addition to Piscean's reply)
... and the comma in your sentence should be a semicolon.
 

tzfujimino

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But doesn't "I have been there" mean "I am in that restaurant right now" ?

No. In that case, the sentences should be something like "This is my favourite restaurant. I have been here for over eight hours. I really love the atmosphere."
 

Matthew Wai

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(In addition to tzfujimino's reply)
... and the error in your sentence is called a comma splice.
 
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