What's the Difference between "Been to"
and "Gone to"?
Let's have a look at these two sentences:
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- "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 traveled to some place and haven't returned
- "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 traveled to some place and have already
- "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 it."
So… back to the original sentences, here
is the difference between "gone to" and "been to":
been to Japan = David has traveled to Japan and back.
has gone to Japan = David has traveled to Japan and hasn't returned