Have you <been/gone> skiing ... ?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by wolfbm1, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. wolfbm1

    wolfbm1 Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    Hello,

    A general question about outdoor activities, e.g. trekking, sailing, skiing, cycling, white-water rafting, is:
    Have you done any of the activities?

    What is the real question? Is it:
    1. Have you ever been skiing, trekking, ... (somewhere, e.g. in Taos, in the Alps, in the Tatras, in Zakopane, in the mountains)?

    2. Have you ever gone skiing, trekking, ... (somewhere, e.g. to Taos, to/in the Alps, to/in the Tatras, to/in Zakopane, to/in the mountains)?

    I think that there is a small difference between 1 and 2 and both questions can replace the question: Have you done any of the activities?
    What do you think?
     
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    The difference is very slight. This is almost pedantic, and much would depend on context, but

    1. Have you ever been skiing in the Alps? Whilst you were in the Alps, did you ever ski?

    2. Have you ever gone skiing in the Alps? Have to ever travelled to the Alps (with the intention of skiing) and skied?
     
  3. wolfbm1

    wolfbm1 Senior Member

    Poland
    Polish
    Thank you, PaulQ. So, it is "been skiing in the Alps" and "gone skiing in the Alps."
    If I want to ask general questions I need to say:

    Have you done any of the activities?

    1. Have you (ever) been skiing?

    2. Have you (ever) gone white-water rafting?

    Then I can ask a specific question:
    3. Where did you go skiing?

     
  4. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    UK
    English - England
    That seems good to me. :)
     

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