FR: J'ai été jouer


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In a French novel I have come across the construction 'compound perfect followed by the infinitive - to use one example 'j'ai ete jouer'. I have not come across this. It clearly refers to something that used to happen in the past, but I would have expected, in this situation, to see the imperfect, or maybe the perfect or the preterite. Is there a name for this grammatical formation, and how common in spoken or written French is it?
  • Kitano

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    French - France
    "J'ai été" indique un état à une époque donnée et révolue. On pourrait dire "j'ai été joueur". Pour les verbes d'action qui implique un déplacement on dira "je suis allé...". Pas si différent des formes anglaises "I went to" ou "I've been"