I have been to Slovakia for skiing once in the winter.

Peter_Gabriel

Senior Member
Polish
Dear all,
I wanted to write that I have been to Slovakia once in my life and I went there in winter.
This trip was connected with skiing.
Is the word order correct and does the whole sentence sound natural to you?


"I have been to Slovakia for skiing once in the winter."
 
  • Steven David

    Senior Member
    Standard American English
    Dear all,
    I wanted to write that I have been to Slovakia once in my life and I went there in winter.
    This trip was connected with skiing.
    Is the word order correct and does the whole sentence sound natural to you?


    "I have been to Slovakia for skiing once in the winter."

    For skiing is not right here. The reason to be in Slovakia or to go to Slovakia is to go skiing. This is a purpose, not an experience. Though skiing is an experience, of course.

    I've gone to Slovakia in the winter once to go skiing.

    I've gone skiing in Slovakia once in the winter.

    Or to be clear about why you went to Slovakia one time, it can be this.

    I've only been to Slovakia one time, and it was to go skiing.

    I've only gone to Slovakia one time, and it was to go skiing.

    I went to Slovakia one time to go skiing.

    I once went to Slovakia, and it was to go skiing.
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    You have too much information for one sentence. In your sentence it's very difficult to tell exactly what happened once.

    - I have been to Slovakia once. I went skiing there one winter.
     

    Peter_Gabriel

    Senior Member
    Polish
    For skiing is not right here. The reason to be in Slovakia or to go to Slovakia is to go skiing. This is a purpose, not an experience. Though skiing is an experience, of course.

    I've gone to Slovakia in the winter once to go skiing.

    I've gone skiing in Slovakia once in the winter.

    Or to be clear about why you went to Slovakia one time, it can be this.

    I've only been to Slovakia one time, and it was to go skiing.

    I've only gone to Slovakia one time, and it was to go skiing.

    I went to Slovakia one time to go skiing.

    I once went to Slovakia, and it was to go skiing.
    many thanks for an exhaustive answer!
     

    Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    You can retain "for" but it needs to be said like this: "Once, in winter, I went to Slovakia for the skiing".

    There, the last phrase means something like "for the whole organised skiing experience" or "for the skiing facilities which are known to be good".
     
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