Although I had gone/been on pilgrimage several times,

Although I had gone/been on pilgrimage several times, this was the first time I had seen an image of a fisherman when I attended the first ceremony.

Which is the correct word? If neither, how should it be phrased?

Thanks.

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So, if you wanted it worded just like this “been” would be the correct answer.

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Also if you were to use gone, saying “Although ‘i’ve gone’ on pilgrimage…” Would be a much better context. As had doesn’t fit well with gone. You’d always say ‘have gone’. Now to make it universal just switch had with have and you can use both words just as they are with the context.

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I can’t really see any problem with ‘had gone’ but you either need an article or a plural noun -

Although I had gone on a pilgrimage or had gone on pilgrimages …

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Thanks, Alan.

Should it be “Although I had gone on several prigrimages…” instead of “Although I had gone on pilgrimage several times,…”?

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