Present perfect usage

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Is it correct to say "Ihave gone to the mountains" '

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updated FEB 7, 2009
posted by maria28

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Yes, That's fun.
As I've mentioned here before I am from Kansas; my mom, an Oakie from Muskogee...and from a long time ago. And my uncle was a sheriff in the Ozarks, where people really do still live in old buses and you don't go out to their property if they don't know you are coming. And then there are all the movies....But a writer might have changed the spelling a bit to try to capture the color just as you did with "cos"!

I feel sure that there must be analogous populations in Spain who speak in their own colorful way, too. And probably writers who write about them.

Ian Francis Hill said:

Just to add a bit of "fun" Have you heard the English expression "I've been and gone and done something awful" 'Translate that to Spanish cos I can't.

Janice said:

But what about "I have gone to the mountains

updated FEB 7, 2009
posted by Janice
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Well, you are right that it gets pedantic, but I do think I would indeed say it. And of course I would also say "I have been to the mountains.." especially if I should want to add something that ties all those times to the present such as "...in the Winter before and you have to wear really warm clothes."

But consider this: "I have gone to the mountains with many tour groups." Doesn't that sound natural and probable to you? Or> "I have gone to the mountains for treatment each year since contracting turburculosis."

It sure is fun to think about going to the mountains and in fact, week after next, I think I'll go!

updated FEB 7, 2009
posted by Janice
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Just to add a bit of "fun" Have you heard the English expression "I've been and gone and done something awful" ?
Translate that to Spanish cos I can't.

Janice said:

But what about "I have gone to the mountains

updated FEB 7, 2009
posted by ian-hill
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Still more common would be "I have been to the mountains" but this is getting pedantic.

Janice said:

But what about "I have gone to the mountains

updated FEB 7, 2009
posted by ian-hill
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Probably still say " I am in the mountains" or " I am visiting the mountains" unless very specifically you were leaving a message on your answering machine that people would hear when you are not where they think you are.

samdie said:

Ian Francis Hill said:

You would PROBABLY never say " I have gone to the mountains " because if you were in the mountains you would say " I have come to the mountains" and if not you would say " I have been to the mountains"

I have gone to the mountains. I'll be back on Monday. See you then. Love and kisses.

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updated FEB 7, 2009
posted by ian-hill
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But what about "I have gone to the mountains

updated FEB 5, 2009
posted by Janice
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Ian Francis Hill said:

You would PROBABLY never say " I have gone to the mountains " because if you were in the mountains you would say " I have come to the mountains" and if not you would say " I have been to the mountains"


I have gone to the mountains. I'll be back on Monday. See you then. Love and kisses.

updated FEB 5, 2009
posted by samdie
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You could say:

I have gone to the mountains by train before.

Ian Francis Hill said:

You would PROBABLY never say " I have gone to the mountains " because if you were in the mountains you would say " I have come to the mountains" and if not you would say " I have been to the mountains"

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updated FEB 5, 2009
posted by Natasha
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You would PROBABLY never say " I have gone to the mountains " because if you were in the mountains you would say " I have come to the mountains" and if not you would say " I have been to the mountains"

updated FEB 5, 2009
posted by ian-hill
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"I've been to the mountaintop." -- Martin Luther King

updated FEB 5, 2009
posted by jeff
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Maria, si sólo quieres decir que has hecho la acción de ir a las montañas en el pasado, solemos decirlo así: I have been to the mountains. Pero como te ha dicho Natasha, con más contexto podemos darte una respuesta más completa.

updated FEB 5, 2009
posted by 00bacfba
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Give us more context, Maria. It's grammatically fine, but then we can tell you if the sentence sounds natural.

updated FEB 5, 2009
posted by Natasha
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en Íngles si...es una forma correcto. pasado.

updated FEB 5, 2009
posted by JoshuaD
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He ido a las montañas.

ido=past participle or the verb ir
he=first person singular, present indicative of haber (auxilary verb)

updated FEB 5, 2009
posted by 0074b507