been vs gone

What is the difference between these two sentences?

Tom’s been on holiday.

Tom’s gone on holiday.


Let’s add some more information:

Tom’s been on holiday. He spent two weeks in the Lake District.

Tom’s gone on holiday. He’s in the Lake District.

In the sentence using been, Tom has now returned from his holiday whereas in the sentence using gone Tom is now on holiday.

Here are some more examples:

Lucy has been shopping – look at all those shopping bags!

Lucy has gone shopping, she’s not at home.

Mike has been to the beach, he’s got a lovely suntan.

Mike has gone to the beach to sunbathe.

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Man’s Best Friend

The 21st July marks International Dog Day. This day was set in 2004 to promote the adoption of rescue dogs and to celebrate our love for our loyal companions.

Did you know…?

  • 53% of American households are dog owners

  • Dogs are the most commonly owned pets in the UK

  • 1 in 4 Spanish households have a pet dog

So why are dogs man’s best friend?

“The only, absolute and best friend that a man has, in this selfish world, the only one that will not betray or deny him, is his DOG.” King Frederick of Prussia 1789.

 Dogs make great company and can reduce stress and feelings of loneliness. They are always happy to see us and will do incredible things for their family – there have been many cases of dogs saving humans from fires and medical emergencies.

They really do love their owners unconditionally and are extremely loyal. It is also suggested that owning a dog improves our mental health and keeps our hearts healthy.

 Do you have a dog?


Loyal = leal/fiel

Companion = compañero

Company = compañía

Loneliness = soledad







Summer Idioms

Summer days are here, time to enjoy the sunshine! This week we bring you some summer idioms…

Soak up the sun – disfrutar del sol

Let’s go to the pool and soak up the sun, it’s such a nice day!

The dog days of summer – los días más calurosos de verano

It’s sweltering – the dog days of summer are here!

Take it easy – relajarse

This summer I’m going to take it easy at the beach.

Catch some rays – tomar el sol

I’m going to the beach to catch some rays.

Burnt to a crisp – quemado por el sol

He spent all day in the sun and now he’s burnt to a crisp!


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