In a british movie, two students in a boarding school are sitting in a classroom environment and are talking about their school and teacher.
- Student A: I wish the teacher would let us go fishing. Have you ever been fishing?
- Student B: Fishing is boring.
This usage caught my attention as it does not sound correct to me.
According to what we were taught at school, you can say "Have you ever gone fishing?" if you are asking about if someone has had any experience in terms of fishing activity, which is what the student A is definitely trying to find out in this dialogue.
Or you can say to someone who is currently fishing "Have you been fishing for 2 hours?", if you are asking about how long the fishing activity has been going on. But this time you CANT use "EVER" which refers to "EVER IN YOUR LIFE".
So, in the dialogue, Student A is trying to find out if student B has any experience in fishing and he is not asking about how long he has been fishing, because there is currently not a fishing activity that is going on. They are just sitting in a classroom and talking.
So, my question 1: Is "Have you ever been FISHING"? a correct usage when asking about someone's experience?
my question 2: Would it not have been better if he said: "Have you ever gone fishing"?