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"have been" and "have gone"

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"Have been" and "have gone"

Reminder: have been is the present perfect tense of to be, and have gone is the present perfect tense of to go.
Have been and have gone are often used with similar meanings:
I’ve been to Japan a few times = I’ve gone to Japan a few times
However, in some contexts, the meanings can be different. I have been refers to a completed journey (or journeys) in the past. I have gone can refer to a journey from which the speaker has not yet returned.
He has been to America. = He has visited America (and has already come back).
He has gone to America. = He is visiting America (and is still there).

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