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Have you ever been to Japan?

Yes, I went there 5 years ago.

Is it correct to use the past simple to answer, as it refers to something happened in the past and finished? Or should I answer "Yes, I have been there 5 years ago"? Is there any difference?

  • There has to be the past simple there. Your variant is incorrect. – Michael Login Sep 3 '18 at 18:59
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In answer to the question

Have you ever been to Japan?

You can simply answer:

Yes, I went there 5 years ago.
Yes, I was there 5 years ago.
Yes, I had gone there before going to Australia.

Your proposed answer

Yes, I have been there 5 years ago.

is not used, rather one would say

Yes, I have been there. I was there 5 years ago.

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