I have have been reading about the present perfect and come across this example on this page. First have a look at the example and then find my question below, please.
The Martin family are on holiday in North America. Here are their travel plans:
Monday – am Niagara Falls, Canada. pm Fly to New York City.
Tuesday – New York City
Wednesday pm.– Arrive in Washington
Thursday - Washington
Friday– am Fly to Boston
It’s Wednesday morning. Are the sentences true or false?
[The Martin family have already (been) to Washington.]
[The Martin family have not yet been to Boston.]
[The Martin family have visited New York City.]
Let's suppose it is Wednesday evening (not morning). How do we differentiate between:
- Yes, they have; which means they have arrived and they are there now which I think is what the authors would write if it was Wednesday evening, and
- Yes, they have; which means they have gone and come back as in:
Have they been to Washington? Yes, they have.
Some related information:
- An interesting answer to the question: Have been to/have been in a place
- A Youtube video of an English teacher teaching the present perfect tense with verb to be: The verb "be" in the present perfect tense: have been. Clicking on the link takes you directly at 2m:53s where he uses this example: The have been in Washington since Monday.