go: been and gone

  • If somebody has gone to a place, he or she is there now, or on the way.
      Is Lucy here?’ ‘No, she s gone to London.’

    If somebody has been to a place, he or she has travelled there and come back.

      I’ve been to London six times this week.
      Have you ever been to Northern Ireland?
      Been is also used to mean ‘come (and gone away again)’.
      She’s been to see us twice since Christmas.
  • We can use be with gone to say that something has disappeared, or that there is no more.
      Is the butter all gone? When I came back my car was gone.