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Difference between at and to after been

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Difference between at and to after been

Post by Maheshv » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:22 pm

Hi All,

What is the difference between

Have you been to school?

and

Have you been at school?

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Mahesh

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Re: Difference between at and to after been

Post by Alan » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:27 am

A very fair question!

Both are grammatical; the difference is only one of meaning (and a slight one at that).

The first essentially means 'Did you GO to school [today]?' whereas the second means 'Have you been IN school (i.e. on the school premises) [up to now/recently]?'

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