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  • Hey there! How's it going? Welcome to Go Natural English. In this English tip episode, I'm

  • going to answer a question from a Go Natural English community member named Chetan. Chetan

  • asked, "What is the difference between "I was there" and I had been there?" That's an

  • awesome question, Chetan. I'm happy to help you with it. Now, this is a grammar question

  • and I want us to take a big picture view on this very detailed question. I think, before

  • I even talk about what is the difference between "I was there" and "I had been there", it's

  • really more important to think about the whole picture of English conversation and ask ourselves

  • a different question, which is, "Do people even use these tenses?" What is most common

  • when I want to speak with native English speakers? What am I going to need to know and what do

  • I want to use? Now Chetan, if you're preparing for an English grammar test, then you're going

  • to want to know the details about both grammar tenses. But, if you, and like most of the

  • Go Natural English audience wants to have excellent conversational skills for the real

  • world in English, then you need to know that we really only use one of these tenses which

  • is, "I was there" ... the simple past. We use the simple past the most out of any past

  • tense and we don't really use "I had been there" very often. In fact, I think this tense

  • is dying out. I think this tense is only kept alive by English grammar tests. So, first

  • of all, focus on using the simple past tense to describe actions that happened in the past.

  • Now to answer your question more specifically about the difference between "I was there"

  • and "I had been there", think about "I had been there" as happening before something

  • in the past. So, you have "I was there", right? Let's say, "I was in Paris in 2009 and I had

  • been there before, in 2005." So, I'm describing something that happened before something else

  • in the past. Two events -- a sequence ... first, second, that happened in the past, but "had

  • been" is something that happened before "was." OK? So, that is the quick and easy answer.

  • Now remember to focus for conversation on the simple past, not the past perfect ... we

  • don't use it very much, and what I really recommend to get that big picture view of

  • English conversation and how we actually use grammar in real life is to use English with

  • a native speaker, with other fluent English speakers. A great way to do that is to get

  • online and practice one-on-one with a qualified English teacher. My friends at Verbling have

  • great teachers. I actually have a couple of friends who teach over there and they're awesome

  • at helping you understand real, natural, native conversation in English. So, to learn more

  • about how you can improve your conversational skills, and never have to worry about these

  • details of grammar again, come over to to learn more about Verbling one-on-one English

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  • see you soon in another English tip here on YouTube. Make sure to subscribe if you haven't

  • yet, and watch another video while you're at it if you have another couple minutes.

  • Alright, thanks so much. I'll talk to you soon. Bye for now.

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