I've been back vs I've returned

loviii

Senior Member
russian
Good day!

Can I use "be back" in Present Perfect as "return"? For example:
Husband returned home from work, took off the shoes, washed the hands and, entering the kitchen where there's his wife, tells her:
(1) Honey, I've been back!
(2) Honey, I've returned!

Can I say (1) and if not, then why?
What's the difference between (1) and (2)?

Thanks!
 
  • loviii

    Senior Member
    russian
    Can I say the initial first example with "already":

    A husband returned home from work, took off the shoes, washed the hands and, entering the kitchen where there's his wife, tells her:
    Honey, I've already been back!

    Thanks!
     

    JulianStuart

    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    Can I say the initial first example with "already":

    A husband returned home from work, took off the shoes, washed the hands and, entering the kitchen where there's his wife, tells her:
    Honey, I've already been back!

    Thanks!
    Nope. As noted above. "I've been back" means you went to (for example) the store again: you went there and then you went back. When you come home, you can't say to your wife "I've gone home" :eek:
     
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