How to use ‘have been’
- Unspecified time
- You do not remember exactly when the action happened during the past
- Use when the time point is not important than the action
- Use it to describe your experience (time is not important)
- I have been there before. (unspecific time)
- I have been to Mexico.
- I have been to Mexico two times. (unspecific time)
- I have never been to Mexico.
- I have been to Japan a few times. (unspecific time)
Specific time expressions:
one year ago
when I was a child
when I lived in Japan
at that moment
How to use ‘went’
- You know exactly when (specific time) that action happened in the past.
- Though you might or might mention the time in the sentence (but you know when)
- Use to describe a habit in the past but now it does not happen anymore
- I went to Mexico last year.
- I went to Japan last month.
- I went to the football club after school. (telling the habit)
- Last year ≠ in the last year
- Last year (specific that is one calendar year before)
- In the last year (some point between last year, unspecific day or month)
- Same as
- Last month ≠ in the last month
- Last week ≠ in the last week
- Unspecific expressions:
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