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Language: Old English
Origin: gebeon

been

     
been
1x-ref the past participle of be
2
a) used to say that someone has gone to a place and come back
been to
I've never been to Japan.
have been to do something
Have you been to see the Van Gogh exhibition yet?
b) British English used to say that someone has come to a place and left again:
The postman hasn't been yet.
3

been there, seen that, done that

spoken used to say that you are no longer interested in doing something, because you already have a lot of experience of it
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

been in, been to, went to
Use been in when you are living or staying in a place How long have you been in London? He had been in hospital for several days. Use been to when you have visited a place and come back again Have you ever been to Kyoto? She's been to the hospital for a check-up. Use went to (the simple past) to talk about a specific trip you made in the past Last May I went to a conference in Montreal.

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