Why do we use "is" instead of "has been" in the below example?

Lisa is in Germany. She (is/has been) there on a business trip.

  • 1
    This question is off-topic. Can you say what you think it should be, and the reason you are questioning your choice?
    – Astralbee
    Oct 3, 2022 at 11:41

1 Answer 1


Both are possible, in suitable contexts.

Without any particular context, has been there will be likely to interpreted in the special meaning of have/had been meaning "gone somewhere and returned", and so it will not fit with the first sentence.

But in answer to a question that sets the focus on recent time, like "What have your sisters been doing the last couple of weeks?", you version with has been is fine.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .