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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:33 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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How would an AmEng speaker differentiate the meaning/s here?

Since then I've gone to that festival every year.
Since then I've been to that festival every year.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:19 pm Reply with quote
Dennis
 
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I can't speak for all Americans but to my thinking "been to the festival" only implies proximity. The festival may have been at my house. "gone to the festival" implies a journey or movement to the festival as well as proximity.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 12:39 am Reply with quote
Bloomer
 
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I agree mostly with Dennis. There is a slightly closer sense of proximity with "been to," but it is not clear and defining. I think many Americans would use the two interchangeably. "Been at," on the other hand, implies no travel at all.
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