1. I have been brought up in London.
  1. I was brought up in London

what is the difference in meaning between these two sentences?


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The first is odd. Normally ‘have been’ is used for repeated actions: “I have been to London twice”. This means that at this time I am in the state of having been there twice.

It is used less often for a state of being, again usually for more than one thing: “I have been a nurse and a missionary, I now do construction.”

However it is not used for a one time past continuous event like ‘brought up’. Much better ‘was’.

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