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Gone or been
TO GO => GONE or BEEN ?
TO GO => I HAVE BEEN to Italy many many times.
It does look simple... and yet, it may also be TO GO => GONE...
- He's gone to school and should be back by 5.00
When should you use one construction, or the other?
1) GONE: GONE implies a « one-way movement ». The person has left, but isn't back yet.
- Sorry, she's not here! She's gone shopping.
2) BEEN: on the contrary, "a return trip" or "a round trip", "a two-way trip" is expressed by BEEN: the person went but came back!
- How often have you been to Chicago?
3) Two expressions:
a) GONE, "all gone"... means that the person or object is no longer here! When food or drinks are concerned, "gone" means "consumed", "eaten" or "drunk".
- Look Mom! My milk's gone! I'm a big girl, aren't I?
- For a person, the departure may sometimes be final and the participle then means « deceased, dead ».
- Since her father's gone, my friend hasn't been the same again...
=> I've been there before! = I have already done this!
It means “I've been in that situation before”.
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