This is somewhat similar to this question: When to use 了 and when to use 过 to express past actions or events. I understand that the 过 particle helps express the idea of having had the experience of something. my question is would you use it with a specific time?






If the later is possible, what would it mean?

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    You might have known that "tense" is one of the headaches when Chinese students learn English. So unless you're studying as a linguist of Chinese, you don't need to care about it much. 我去年去过中国 is valid, it emphasizes the time (去年) that makes your status become "have been to China". Examples: 你昨天刚去过电影院看电影,怎么今天又要去? / 他昨天来过这里。 / 你三个月前参加过体检吗?
    – Stan
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 7:08

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The minor difference between "了" and "过".

Q: Where did you go last year? (去年你去哪了?)

A: 我去年去了中国。

Q: have you been China before? (你去过中国么?)

A: 我(去年)去过中国。



Edit (Translation): Yes, both are possible. For example, 去了 Beijing and 去过 have roughly the same meaning. But, 去了 Beijing has two possible meanings; went and already came back, or went and still hasn't returned. However, 去过 Beijing only has one, you have been but you are no longer there! Remember: You can put 过 at the end of a sentence but the reverse is not true!

(Comment by editor) Im not sure if the last sentence is translated correctly or maybe the OP meant something else. Possibly you can put 了 at the end but not 过。

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    Welcome to Chinese.SE! As not everyone here can read Chinese fluently, according to the rule "Should I post in English or Chinese?", writing your answer in English would be better :)
    – Stan
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 7:24
  • Ok,but,my english is very bad.so, i'm afrid....There one piont is very impotant what is i want to do.Help!!!我会尽我最大努力说英语的~
    – user3955
    Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 9:37
  • 你可不可以澄清那个最后的句子:”过的语句后可以加了字,反之不可以“ Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 14:52
  • 澄清用的不对,应该是解释!比如,我去过北京,北京我去过了。还有1,吃过。2,吃了。3,吃过了。
    – user3955
    Commented Feb 22, 2014 at 13:46
  • @JonHargett I believe what he meant is you can add le to the and of a guo sentence but the reverse is not possible. So "…去过了“ is possible, but "去了过" is not possible.
    – MickG
    Commented May 6, 2015 at 9:42

Of course the later is possible, it means "I had been to China last year." the position of adverbs of time is not important, you can express the same meaning like this:

  1. 去年我去过中国.
  2. 中国我去过, 去年.
  3. 我去过中国, 去年.

Yes you can. For instance, 我三年前去過這個公園.This of course emphasizes the fact that it was three years ago, and consequently that you have been to "this park" before at a specific point in time.

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