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Hi,

What is the difference between "I have been to Bangalore" and "I had been to Bangalore".

Little confused over there. Would be great if some could help.

Thanks
Sundar
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Hi Radnus,

I have been to Bangalore several times. ( This sentence explains your routine frequency)

I had been to Bangalore eight years ago.(This sentence goes back to the past,very long time ago).You can't say I had been to Bangalore two days back. Then it would be, I was in Bangalore two days back.

Savvy
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Hello Sundar

As W3.com has already said, you need any reference past time to use the version of "I had been". "Last Sunday I went to Bangalore. I had been to Bangalore twice before then." Here the reference past time is "last Sunday" and "had been" implies your experience of 'going to/staying in Bangalore twice' took place before "last Sunday".

On the other hand, "I have been to Bangalore twice" states that your experience of 'going to/staying in Bangalore twice' took place before now (= the time you are talking).

paco

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You can't say I had been to Bangalore two days back.

The amount of time has nothing to do with it. It doesn't have to be eight years ago, or any number of years. You can say, "I had been to Bangalore two days before (that)" without any problem if the context is right, regardless of how long ago you made the trip. Borrowing from Paco's post, I must emphasize that the important thing is that a past point of view must be established before a past perfect will make sense. It is this past point of view that establishes the correct context.

"Just yesterday a friend of mine asked me if I had ever been to Bangalore. I had been to Bangalore just two days before, so naturally I answered that I had been to Bangalore quite recently."

CJ
Two days back I was in Bangalore