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Dear all,

Kindly tell me whether the following expressions are correct. If so, please tell me when can we use them.

1) I have been to Paris in 2015.

2) I had been to Paris in 2015.

3) I went to Paris in 2015.


Thank you.

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cat navy 4251) I have been to Paris in 2015.

Not correct. You cannot use the present perfect when you mention a definite time. The present perfect is used to express indefinite time.

cat navy 4252) I had been to Paris in 2015.

OK. You are talking about things that happened after 2015. Then you want to go backwards and talk about this, which happened before the time you are talking about. That's why you use the past perfect tense (had been).

cat navy 4253) I went to Paris in 2015.

OK. You took a trip that ended in Paris. It happened in the year 2015.

CJ

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Thanks a lot sir.
CJ sir, I would like to ask you a few questions regarding past perfect tense sentence given below. Does past perfect can be used as a single sentence? It is supposed to be the past of past. So, Shouldn't something added to the following sentence to show some other things happened after it? Can date be mentioned with past perfect tense? lsn't it supposed to used only with simple past tense?

2) I had been to Paris in 2015.


Thank you sir.

cat navy 425Does Can the past perfect can be used as a single sentence?

Yes, but as you say, the correct context is needed. You didn't provide a context, so I had to judge the sentence based on whether there was any possible context, and there was, so the sentence is correct as it stands. It's just that it has to be used in the correct context.

cat navy 425Shouldn't something added to the in a following sentence to show some other things happened after it?

No. You add things before it to establish a time period. Then you use the past perfect to go backwards from the context you have already set up.

I went to Berlin in 2018. I had (already) been to Paris in 2015.

cat navy 425Can date be mentioned with past perfect tense?

Yes.

cat navy 425Isn't it supposed to used only with simple past tense?

No. A mention of a date is only forbidden with the present perfect tense.

CJ

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