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Should I use “have been“ or “had been“?

We have been in France for one week last year?

We had been hoping for you to succeed. (in a very old time of one's life)

  • Best Answer

    We WERE in France for a week last year.

    The second is correct.

    Lôn
    Lv 7 2 months ago 5 0
  • Other Answer
  • We WERE in France for a week last year.

    The second is correct.

    Lôn 2 months ago 5 0
  • We were in France for a week last year.

    The other sentence is correct as it stands, but we can't say for certain that it would be correct in the way that you mean to use it.It's always helpful if an asker provides a full context. The issue is not so much about how long ago it was when you 'had hoped', as what else has happened since that time.

    bluebellbkk 2 months ago 0 0
  • If you say "have been" there you're *still* there.

    If you say "had been" there that's the introduction for adding what happened while you were there. 

    Correct:  We were in France for one week last year.

    Correct:  We had been hoping you would succeed. 

    Chi girl 2 months ago 2 2
  • have been sounds better

    Pearl L 2 months ago 0 4
  • The first one is wrong, "We have been in France for one week last year" – It's "We WERE in France for one week last year".  If you use "have been", you cannot add a time or a time frame. It's general.

    For the second, we have to know the context. Without context, there's no way to know whether to use "had been" or "have been".  "had been" is a past event that took place before another past event (the main event) that you're discussing.  But a better word than "hoping" would be "rooting":  "We've been/we had been rooting for you to succeed."

    UPDATE:  Please don't listen to Chigirl. She doesn't know what she's talking about.

    Brisco 2 months ago 3 2