“Have gone” vs “Have been” – What’s the difference?

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“Has/have gone to” refers to someone who has gone to a place, but has not yet returned.

Example:

A : Where’s Tom?
B : He has gone to the bank. He should be back soon.

have_been

“Has/have been to” refers to a place which someone has visited sometime in his life. In other words, “has been to” refers to an experience.

Example:
A : Have you been to Italy?
B : Yes, I have. Actually, I have been there a couple of times.

Fill in the blanks with BEEN or GONE.

1. Have you ever _____ to Canada?

2. My best friend isn’t here at the moment. He’s _____ to France for two months. 

3. My husband and son have _____ to the stadium. The match is ending in 20 minutes.

4. Have you ever _____ to Brazil before?

5. Yes, I have! I’ve _____ abroad many times.

6. Mary has _____ to France for six months. She is coming back to England in a week.

7. Are you sure she has never _____ abroad ?

8. -Where is Dad? -Don’t worry, he has _____ to the bank. He’ll be back soon.

9. The children have already _____ to the park. They came back home an hour ago.

10. John has _____ everywhere around the world. Now, he just wants to stay at home.

Answers:

1. been, 2. gone, 3. gone, 4. been, 5. been, 6. gone, 7. been, 8. gone, 9. gone, 10. been

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