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    What does originally mean in the following sentence?What is the nationality of this person?I'm originally from India but I live in US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skystar30097 View Post
    What does originally mean in the following sentence?What is the nationality of this person?I'm originally from India but I live in US.
    It means the person was born in India.

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    Then, what about his nationally? Now he lives in UK. Is his nationality British or Indian?

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    Re: nationality

    Your original post said he lives in the US, not in the UK. You cannot say what his nationality is from the information given. In BrE, your nationality is based on the passport you hold (or are entitled to). If he was born in India and now lives in the UK, there are several possibilities:

    1) He still holds an Indian passport but it has a stamp in it saying he is allowed to live permanently in the UK. In that case, he is Indian.
    2) He has lived in the UK long enough to qualify for nationality and he has applied for and been granted British nationality. When he got it, he might have chosen to give up his Indian passport (although he still qualifies for one). In that case, he is British.
    3) He has lived in the UK long enough to qualify for nationality and he has applied for and been granted British nationality. When he got it, he chose to keep his Indian passport as well. In that case, he is a dual national - he is Indian and British.

    I am aware that "nationality" means something different in the US. There, it means your heritage. The word they use when talking about the country which would be able to issue you with a passport it "citizenship". To confuse the issue, "citizenship" in the UK can mean "the right to live here" or "the social responsibilities of people living in the country".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: nationality

    It also has those meanings in the US. When I was going to school, they would give you a grade based on your overall behavior, attitude, etc. and they called that "citizenship."

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