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Please help me explain the difference between these two sentences:

He's gone to the beach.

He's been to the beach.

I actually know the difference but I don't know how to put them into English words.
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Here is the other two sentences:

2a) He used to be my best friend.

- It is a used to + verb form which is used to talk about past fact which are no longer true or existing. The speaker means that a particular male person was in fact his/her best friend before or long time ago but not anymore at present.

2b) He used a knife to open the letter.

- It is used as a past tense verb of use which means to employ for some purpose. The speaker is saying that a certain person opened a letter and for him to do that he applied or utilised a knife.

Mr. Wordy, I hope my explanation is not complicated.

I will be waiting for your reply.
mymonkeymaiWhen I was a child I would walk to school each day with my friends.
I'm not sure about this so someone correct me if I'm wrong. In this sentence "would" is the future of the past. Take, When I am a child I will walk to school each day with my friends and back shift it an you end up with your sentence.
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mymonkeymai
1a) When I was a child I would walk to school each day with my friends.

- The word would is used as a repetition in the past. The first part of the sentence used was as the speaker is talking about when he/she was a child.

Yes, you've identified the key meaning: repeated or habitual action in the past.

Your second sentence does not actually have any explanatory content.
mymonkeymai
1b) Would you like a drink?

- The word would is used as an offer or invitation. It is offering or inviting someone to have a drink.

Yes.
mymonkeymai
2a) He used to be my best friend.

- It is a used to + verb form which is used to talk about past fact which are no longer true or existing. The speaker means that a particular male person was in fact his/her best friend before or long time ago but not anymore at present.


Yes.
mymonkeymai
2b) He used a knife to open the letter.

- It is used as a past tense verb of use which means to employ for some purpose. The speaker is saying that a certain person opened a letter and for him to do that he applied or utilised a knife.

Yes.
HuevosI'm not sure about this so someone correct me if I'm wrong. In this sentence "would" is the future of the past. Take, When I am a child I will walk to school each day with my friends and back shift it an you end up with your sentence

"When I am a child I will..." could be said only by someone who is not yet a child, which is somewhat unlikely.

"would" can be used to indicate future-in-the-past, but not here. An example of that use would be:

"Many of Dylan's childhood summers were spent at his aunt's farm in Carmarthenshire, a time which would later inspire him to write the poem 'Fern Hill'."
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Mr Wordy"When I am a child I will..." could be said only by someone who is not yet a child, which is somewhat unlikely.
That's just the choice of noun; we are talking about the function of the verbs here.
Mr Wordyyou've identified the key meaning: repeated or habitual action in the past.
Are you saying would is just being used as substitute for used to here?
HuevosThat's just the choice of noun; we are talking about the function of the verbs here.

Yes indeed... Sorry, I wasn't sure you realised it was a strange thing to say.
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HuevosAre you saying would is just being used as substitute for used to here?

Yes.

"When I was a child I would walk to school each day with my friends."

"When I was a child I used to walk to school each day with my friends."

The meaning is very much the same. "used to" is a bit more conversational.
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