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  1. wotcha's Avatar
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    #1

    Where do/did you come from? - I come/came from Korea.

    I've been always wondering what tense we have to use when we ask about someone's nationality.


    1. Where did you come from? - I came from Korea.

    2. Where do you come from - I come from Korea.

    3. Where do you come from? - I came from Korea.


    Which of them are most grammatical?


    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Where do/did you come from? - I come/came from Korea.

    1. Where did you come from? - I came from Korea.
    This is the question you might ask if you wanted to know where a new arrival in your town/country had started their journey.

    2. Where do you come from? - I come from Korea.
    This is generally the question to ask someone's town/country of origin. Depending on context, it might be asking where their permanent home is, or where they were born.

    If I am asked that question, I normally reply, "Originally from England, but I live in the Czech Republic now". This answers both ideas.

    3. Where do you come from? - I came from Korea.
    This is an unnatural answer to the question.

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