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Dear teachers,

I have a question regarding tenses.

When someone returns to his country after two months, his friends, who have not seen him or heard from him, ask him, "I have not seen you for a long while. Where were you?" What should the person's answer be? Should it be,

1. I was in England attending a postgraduate programme; I will be going back there in two weeks' time." or
2. I have been in England attending a postgraduate programme; I will be going back there in two weeks' time."

Will it make a difference if the person will not be returning to England? Should he, then, say,

3. I was in England all this while. ?

Thank you very much.

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Straight after you have returned from England, you say "I have / I've been in England attending ...". After you've been home a little while, you say "I was in England attending ...". It doesn't make any difference whether you plan to go back to England at some point in the future.

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Thank you very much, GPY, for your answer and help. I appreciate it.