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Life experiences

Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan

Shirley Jones wins this month’s Lesson Share competition with a lesson to help students talk about life experiences.

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  • Well, at least one of the B2-level course books published by Cambridge states that go has two past participles. And it's a great lesson.

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  • Hi JA, I'm the author of the lesson and I was aware of the divided opinion on the point you raised. Technically you may be correct, as acknowledged by the onestopenglish team. However, by way of example, New Total English (Pearson) and New Inside Out (Macmillian) in the list of irregular verbs at the back of the books have the past participle of 'go' as both 'been' and 'gone'. However, New English File (Oxford) have the past participle of go as only 'gone'. I personally prefer the former approach, because I generally find that students visualise actions better than states. For example "You're late. Where have you gone?" (I'm speaking to you on the phone). "You're late. Where have you been?" (I'm speaking to you at the front door).
    Thank you for raising a very valid question.
    Best wishes. Shirley

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  • Hi JA,

    Thanks for your feedback. Glad you like this lesson. Shirley is using this example to highlight a very specific (and common) usage of the past participle of the verb 'to be'. You are, of course, technically correct to say that 'to go' does not have two past participles. However, the clarity of Shirley's explanation (and the supporting examples) are such that we felt that this would be a very useful lesson that would help teachers address what is a common problem for a lot of students. All lesson share entries are carefully proof read before design and it was decided that the way the teacher's notes were presented for this lesson was clear for teachers (and students) to understand.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • All in all this is a good lesson. However I am surprised OneStopEnglish did not pick up on Shirley's statement that the verb to go has two past participles. Your proof-reading lacks.
    If Shirley wishes to explain a special use of be in the past perfect and it's past participle to indicate went somewhere then there is no problem if it is explained like this. Have been is the Present Perfect of to be and has nothing to do with to go. To go does NOT have two past participles.

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