gone to any competition

Silver

Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi.

I met a 10-year-old girl whose English is fluent today. I asked her a question "Have you gone to any competitions?"

Is the bold part idiomatic?

In China, there are many English competitions for English learners. Also, there are many for children and teenagers.
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    She might think that you were asking whether she had been at a competition as part of the audience.
    To be certain I was understood, I would ask:

    "Have you been in any competitions?"
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Yes, in BE too, "Have you been in" is the way to ask if she's taken part as a contestant.

    "Gone to" is likely to be interpreted as asking whether she's watched any as part of the audience. :)
     

    Silver

    Senior Member
    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    Yes, in BE too, "Have you been in" is the way to ask if she's taken part as a contestant.

    "Gone to" is likely to be interpreted as asking whether she's watched any as part of the audience. :)
    Much appreciated, Donny and Cagey.

    I wonder if it's also idiomaitic to ask "Have you been in any competition". I don't think so.
     
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