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I tell a story to a friend. I want to say that I was in Rome for the third time. Do I need to use be or go? I know the difference like in this example: - She has just been to the shop. She brought some cakes. (she is here now) - She has just gone to the shop. She will back soon. (she is not here now)
I get confused when it happened in the past. Could anyone help me? Thank you.
The question is about the two sentences:
It was the third time I had been to Rome
It was the third time I had gone to Rome.
I speak in the past. I tell the story from a past point of view. In the past I wasn't back when I spoke. What does that change? What is the meaning of the two forms?