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A: How is your weekend going?

B: I have been sightseeing (today) and earlier I was at the beach/I had been at the beach(?)

Which form should I use?

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This depends on whether the speaker wishes to convey when the 'being at the beach' occurred relative to the sightseeing.

The 'earlier I was at the beach' phrase implies no particular time, whether before or after the sightseeing; whereas the 'earlier I had been at the beach' implies the 'being at the beach' occurred earlier in the day than the sightseeing.

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Today I have been sightseeing and I went to the beach earlier. "Earlier" makes it clear that the sightseeing came after the beach.

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