Present Perfect + Ever, Never, Already, Yet


Have you ever been to lớn Rome, Italy?

You can use the present perfect to lớn talk about a place, city, or country you have visited. The present perfect is used khổng lồ talk about if, at any point in your life in the past, you have visited or traveled khổng lồ a specific place. The present perfect is not used lớn talk about when you did something. It is used to talk about if you did something!

Correct answers:

Yes, …I have!I’ve been to Rome (once, twice, etc.).I’ve been there (once, twice, etc.).

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No, …I haven’t!I haven’t been to Italy.I haven’t been there.I’ve never been to Rome.I’ve never been there.

Incorrect answers:

X: I’ve ever been to Rome.X: I’ve been to there.X: I’ve been lớn Rome in 2005.X: I’ve never been in Rome.


Ever is not used in present perfect statements. It is only used in questions with the present perfect.

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Of course, there is an exception to lớn this. When you make a superlative statement, for example when you want lớn say that something is the best, you can use ever.

Rome is the most beautiful đô thị I’ve ever been to lớn in the world!


It is common in English khổng lồ use the verb be when you talk about places you have visited. Don’t use visit. This sounds formal & unnatural.

Have you visited Canada?


Prepositions don’t translate between languages. In English, you must use the preposition to when you talk about places you have visited. This may be different from the preposition you use in your language. That’s OK! You just need to remember khổng lồ use to in English!

I’ve been to Australia.

She’s been to 45 out of the 50 states in America.

Past Simple

Use the past simple verb tense lớn talk about when you visited a place.

Have you ever been to lớn Rome?– Yes, I’ve been khổng lồ Rome! I went lớn Rome in 2005.

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Vla says

August 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

Would you be please so kind as to check sentence:We nowhere have ever seen so many food/We nowhere else have ever seen so many food

My objective is = Affirmative+ever+nowhere

I’ll appreciate your kind comments

Ray says

March 10, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Hi Melanie,In Taiwan, the English textbooks say “I have ever been to Rome” is correct. When I read the book ‘Year of Wonders” which takes place in England in the 1600s, the characters use “I have ever …” when speaking which leads me khổng lồ believe that it used to be correct, but it has fallen out of fashion. Do you have any information on why we stopped using this or at least direct me lớn a website? I’ve tried to lớn research it, but can’t find anything definite. I would love to lớn tell my students once and for all WHY we don’t use “I have ever …”anymore. Thanks

Juliana says

March 17, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I have a question about the grammer structure of the present perfect continuous questions.why is it written as:” have you been… ” in stead of “have been you…” ?

ammar says

March 21, 2013 at 7:04 am

hicould someone correct the tense of the sentence below(IN CAPITAL ) & also explain why the amended version is correct:

I’VE BEEN to the cinema on thursday

daniel says

June 14, 2013 at 3:23 am

Hi Melanie,

I really confused about “Have been” và “Has been” while I am speaking English. I know the differences between these verbs but somewhat confused with these two. For example :”While many of Nato officers have been killed in the army”

In the above sentence, why can’t we use “has been” ? và Why “Have been killed” does it mean they are going on killing them. I need your help to lớn make me understand this Melanie.


Ilona says

November 13, 2013 at 5:44 am

Hello, Melanie!I’m really sure that you can help me. I don’t know what to bởi in this situation: I’ve been/ I was Leonardo Di Caprio’s stunt double in “Titanic”?