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prof_question
Posted: Sunday, July 30, 2017 4:11:59 PM

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I try to understand how to explain the following use of the construction "have gone" to my students as it`s mentioned within this context: I have gone there a few times. As for me, the most appropriate option would be "have been" instead of "have gone", but I took this sentence from respectable text-book.
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 3:44:07 AM

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Hello!

Like you, I would normally say "I've been there a few times" - it seems more natural.

However, "gone" is not wrong.
It seems to have slightly more emphasis on the 'travelling' than the 'visiting'.

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Perhaps as explanation, you could compare it to a single trip:

"I was in London yesterday" would be used when you want to talk about London.

"I went to London yesterday" would be used when you want to talk about the journey.
Romany
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 11:21:52 AM
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I think a little differently on this: -

I'd use "I've gone there a few times" if I were talking about a public space, or another city/country. And u I think there'd be a technical sub-text of "I've physically been there but too briefly to be familiar or keen about it."

' "The Idle Grape? I've gone there a few times, but never stayed.'
"France? I've gone there a few times, but it was always on business."
"The scintillating Bognor Regis? I've gone there on more than one occasion when they appear to have opened the asylum doors"
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 11:43:53 AM

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I agree - the two idea sort of 'fit together' in my mind.
Your sentences are more about the 'going to' rather than the 'staying in'.

You like Bognor then?

The pebble beach, the thronging crowds:



The beautiful summers:

Romany
Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 12:18:12 PM
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If I were to believe in a supreme being, I'd understand Bognor to be proof that it had a sense of humour!
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Posted: Monday, July 31, 2017 4:36:48 PM

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Applause thanks!
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