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Gone or Been
Which is correct?
(a) She has gone to Paris.
(b) She has been to Paris.
Were you confused?.. Don't know which is correct?.. Okay, we would get this right now.
Actually, both sentences are correct! GONE and BEEN are commonly used to refer to movement to another place. These two words may seem confusing; probably this lesson will help you understand.
Take a look at this:
(1) Emma has GONE to the shop. She'll be back soon.
(2) Emma has BEEN to the shop. She bought some cakes.Here they are.
-> Sentence 1 (GONE) explains that Emma has not returned from the shop.
-> Sentence 2 (BEEN) explains that Emma has returned from the shop.
GONE or BEEN:
-> Use GONE to describe uncompleted visits. For instance; when a person goes to a place but has not yet returned. In other words, someone who has GONE to California is still in Carlifornia having a good time!
(1) He has gone to the bank. (= He is still at the bank)
(2) Where has Timmy gone? (= Timmy is not here)
-> Use BEEN to describe completed visits. If a person has gone to a place and then returned, he or she has BEEN there.
(1) She has been to India (= She has returned or is no longer in India)
(2) Tom has been to the bank today (= Tom has returned from the bank. You could ask him for some money)
-> Also, use BEEN when you are asking someone about their past experiences.
(1) You smell of beer! Have you been to the pub?
(2) Have you ever been to France? I'm very glad that you understand it now.
So this test would be super easy for you!
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