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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #112116: Gone or been
    > Other English exercises on the same topics: BE, HAVE, DO, DID, WAS... | Frequent mistakes | Idioms [Change theme]
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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...

     b) BEEN:

    => I've been there before! = I have already done this! 

    It means  “I've been in that situation before”. 




    Here you are! That's all!  I'm sure you're more than ready for the exercise ... Go for it! 

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    1. Paul and Lucy have abroad for a week. They liked it there.

    2. “Where’s Jeff? Is he home?” “No, he’s to the swimming pool.”

    3. Patrick has to his friend’s for the night. He’ll be here tomorrow.

    4. 'Have you ever to Greece?' ' I went twice and I loved it. '

    5. 'She’s out for a few minutes. She’ll be back in ten minutes.'

    6. 'Yes! I’ve to Beijing three times on business. I like it.'

    7. I looked and looked for her but couldn’t find her. She was .

    8. 'Have you already to an Australian restaurant?' 'I did and had kangaroo…'

    9. Those days of affluence have ! We’re in a crisis now!

    10. I couldn’t see Tom… He was before I arrived.

    11. 'Going once, going twice... ! The picture is sold!'

    12. Don’t tell me what I should say in such a situation… I’ve there before.



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