Where did you go

Or where have you gone?

A person i am talking to Suddenly goes offline

So i ask them

Where did you go/where have you gone?

As far as i think Where have you gone implies that the person is still not there

Where as where did you go sounds like

The person has returned

I think i should say where have you gone. Right?


If the person leaves but does not return, and you call them on their phone:

Where have you gone?

Where did you go?

If the person leaves and then returns:

Where did you go?

Where have you been?

  • Where did you go work in both cases? – user64550 Nov 8 '17 at 17:17
  • Yes, Where did you go? will work in both scenarios. The listener on the phone will understand that what the speaker is really asking is "Where are you now?" The present perfect makes that meaning clearer, but the context is simple enough that there is very little room for misunderstanding even with the simple past. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 8 '17 at 17:21

Where have you gone? represents a present perfect verb tense. As the man leaves the web presently so it should be used. Where did you go? is a simple past tense which means the person goes somewhere in the past which is a bit incorrect here as you are referring a present time frame.

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