never been/gone surfing

Ultramarine

Senior Member
Ukrainian
Hi,

There's the expression 'to go surfing/diving/fishing". If I want to say that I've never tried these activities, should I say
I've never gone surfing/diving / fishing
or
I've never been surfing /diving/fishing?

According to the rule, it should be 'gone', but I'm not sure.
Many thanks!
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    I've never gone is informal only
    I've never been is both formal and informal and is probably more acceptable.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Follow native-expert PaulQ's advice and forget No. 2.
    What do you mean, sdg - Paul's post was recommending no 2 (been):confused:.

    Looking back at previous threads, there is some suggestion eg here that AmE is more likely to use "gone" and BrE is more likely to use "been". Is that what you're saying?:)
     
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