How To Answer ‘WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN’ In English (Common Answers, Meaning And Examples)

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Learn how to answer and reply to 'Where have you been' in English. Learn the meaning of 'Where have you been' and the most common and best responses.

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‘Where have you been’ does not mean ‘Where are you now’.

 

Hey guys. It’s Shane from English Understood here.

 

‘Where have you been’ is a very common phrase in English and it’s normally used with people that you know who you haven’t seen for a while. We use this phrase when we normally see someone at certain times but we didn’t see that person at those times.

 

So if you haven’t seen someone during this time here, you can say ‘Where have you been’. You should have seen them but you did not see them during this time.

 

For example, maybe you normally see someone from Monday to Friday at work but this week you haven’t seen them at all. Then on Friday, you see that person. You can say ‘Where have you been’.

 

To answer the question, start by saying ‘I’ve been’ and then say the reason why you have not seen that person who asked you the question. When saying ‘I’ve been’ really quickly, it normally sounds like ‘I’ve been’. I’ve been.

 

Now here are three common answers to the question. I’ve been on holiday. I’ve been sick. I’ve been busy moving house.

 

Now let’s pretend I haven’t seen you for two weeks but I should have seen you during that time. Where have you been? Comment down below.

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