The past participle of the verb “to go” can be either “been” or “gone”.
If a person has returned from a place we use “been”, but if the person is still absent, we use “gone”.
For example, use “I have been to …(place)” to talk about somewhere that you have visited in the past. (Because you have been to that place, then come back.)
Instead, use “X has gone to … (place)” to say that this person has travelled to a place – but is still there and hasn’t returned.
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Been or Gone?
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