Have you by chance reversed the sentences? The meanings you ascribe to them are the opposite of what I would expect, but it is also possible that we see them differently.I haven't read the other thread, but the first sentence has the sense of going on a trip to go skiing, whereas the second sentence just means "have you ever performed the action of skiing?"
None of us is perfect, but to the best of your ability, yes, you are expected to. It is much more instructive and much less confusing for learners of English when we do.As a general point, I see you modified my response... am I expected to use perfectly correct punctuation/capitalization in my responses to threads?
I wouldn't normally respond to something so off-topic, but it may be instructive for you and others if I share something I learned from the forum long ago about Google searches: rather than taking the big raw numbers you see at a glance, go down to the bottom of the page and click through to the last page of the results. When you do, you'll find these numbers:JamesM: Yes, I will document the assertion: "none of us is perfect" yields "About 2,060,000 results" on google search, "none of us are perfect" yields "About 4,120,000 results." It is literally twice as common.
2. "have you ever gone skiing?" -conduit_girl: the first sentence has the sense of going on a trip to go skiing
I think it's because you would also say "Have you ever been to Taos?" or something like that... or perhaps because "been" feels like it refers to a longer time period than "gone" does. ... I have been skiing - on a trip that lasted two weeks.
A more general question about outdoor activities, e.g. trekking, sailing, skiing, cycling, white-water rafting, is:conduit_girl: the second sentence just means "have you ever performed the action of skiing."
I went skiing - bam, over and done.
Could one also say:Both alternatives are natural English and the meaning is equivalent.
Think of the nursery rhyme:
'Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?'
'I've been to London to see the Queen'.
Thank you, Paul. I understand the distinction in your example. There are other situations, however, and then I'm not so sure. But I'm getting closer and closer to understanding the difference between "gone" and "been".[The door opens, in walks John]
A: "Where has John been?"
B: "He's been to see his aunt."
[John cannot be found]
A: "Where has John gone?"
B: "He's gone to see his aunt (and has not yet returned.)"
I understand the meaning and the situation.No. In the original, the cat has obviously returned and is being intrerrogated, ...
This is almost exactly what I meant - I imagined there were two people:... whereas in your example, the speaker is addressing themselves and an absent cat that is probably still in London with the Queen.