“Have Been” or “Had Been” ~ Grammar Lesson with Video

have been or had been grammar

“Have been” is the past perfect tense and refers to an event that happened in the past, from the perspective of the present.

e.g. “We have been to France.”

“Had been” is the perfect tense. We use it when we are talking about something that happened in the past, from the perspective of the past.

e.g. “I had been to France three times by the time I was 10 years old. Now I am thirty and I have been more than 20 times”.

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