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?


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 '19 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 '19 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 '19 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 '19 at 20:48
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    @only_pro: Those options are all mentioned in the answer... – SamBC Mar 18 '19 at 20:56

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