Been As The Past Participle Of Come And Go

Been is often used as the past participle of come and go.

  • Have you ever been to Cairo? (= Have you ever visited Cairo?)
  • I have been to see my uncle. (= I have paid a visit to my uncle.)
  • Has the postman been yet? (= Has the postman called yet?)

Note that been is used for completed visits.

Compare:

  • The postman has already been. (= He has come and gone again.)
  • Where is John? He has gone to Cairo. (= He is in Cairo at the moment.)
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