"been to" vs "gone to"

"been to" vs "gone to"

10-08-2013 | 1751 lượt xem
Do you know what's the difference between "been to" and "gone to"?
Do you know what's the difference between "been to" and "gone to"? 
 
Let's have a look at these two sentences:
  • David has been to Japan.
  • David has gone to Japan. 
Is there any difference in the meaning? 
 
There sure is! 
 
"Gone to" means that you've travelled to some place and haven't returned yet. 
 
Examples:
  • Jessica has gone to the supermarket. I wonder, when will she come back?
  • Dennis has gone to France for the summer, so you can call again in September. 
"Been to" means that you've travelled to some place and have already returned. 
 
Examples:
  • Mark has been to the supermarket. Now he's taking a shower.
  • Joe has been to France five times, so he is very familiar with this country. 
So... back to our original sentences, here's the difference between them:
  • David has been to Japan = David has travelled to Japan and back.
  • David has gone to Japan = David has travelled to Japan and hasn't returned yet. 
 
 

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