Difference Between Been To And Gone To
There are a lot of usages in English which creates confusion in the mind of the English learners and one such usage is whether to use been to or gone to.
Just go back to the time when you started going to school. There was a poem which we all studied in which a line, “Pussy cat, pussy cat where have you been?” still rings in our ears.
The answer the pussy cat gave was, “I have been to London to look at my queen”
You would be wise enough to understand the answer have the words have been.
Why not the answer was like, “I have gone to London to look at my queen”
So let us have a look at the difference by studying the two sentence below-
- John has been to the United States of America.
- Tom has gone to the Unites States of America.
Is there any difference between the two sentences?
Definitely, there is, the first sentence implies that John has traveled to the United States of America and has now returned. But the second sentence with the subject Tom means that Tom is now in the United States of America or on the way to the Unites States of America and has not returned yet.
- Been is the past participle of be
- Gone is the past participle of go
(We can use both been and gone with the PRESENT PERFECT TENSE)