Friend: Have you ever flirted with a female cop?

Me: Nope.

Friend: I have done that experience.

I think experience is the wrong word here. What else should he have said?

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Experience is fine. The problem is the done. You don't do an experience1. You have an experience.

I have had that experience.

That's what he should have said. Or, alternatively, just relied on do alone:

Yes, I have done that.

Or, indeed, just use the have:

Yes, I have.

While there's other options, there was nothing wrong with using experience. The only problem is that you don't do experiences.

1: Well, there is a use of experience that has emerged in recent years that you would use to do to talk about, but it's not actually relevant here.

  • Yes experience is not done, it's felt. But does I have had that experience make any sense in this context?
    – user88834
    Mar 18, 2019 at 16:37
  • Experience does not mean skill. It means, well, having experienced it. If you sit through a film, you've experienced seeing the film. If you've been to Niagara Falls, that's an experience you've had.
    – SamBC
    Mar 18, 2019 at 16:58
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    No, experience doesn't have anything to say about who does what. If you climb Everest, then you have "experienced climbing Everest", and if someone says "have you ever climbed Everest", you can say "I have had that experience".
    – SamBC
    Mar 18, 2019 at 17:10
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    Or, you could say "experience" is the problem here. "I have done that" works just fine. It's even more colloquial, I'd say. The best option is probably simply "I have", though.
    – user91988
    Mar 18, 2019 at 20:48
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    @only_pro: Those options are all mentioned in the answer...
    – SamBC
    Mar 18, 2019 at 20:56

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