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    Where are you from? vs Where do you live?

    Hi,
    Can the phrases 'Where are you from?' and 'Where do you live?' be synonymous?

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    Re: Where are you from? vs Where do you live?

    It's possible. If, for example, you were born in Tehran and you still live there.

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    Re: Where are you from? vs Where do you live?

    I think you are probably going to get varying answers to your question.

    To me, they can be synonymous if the person you are asking still lives in the same place they were born, or grew up in.

    Otherwise I think that they mean:
    "Where are you from?" = "Where were you born?", or "where did you grow up?".
    "Where do you live?" = "Where do you live now?".

    Some people may strongly identify with where they live, and so may say that they are from the same place they live in now, even if they weren't born or grew up there.

    Sometimes people clarify the original question to say "Where are you from originally?", to distinguish between "where were you born?" or "where did you grow up?", as opposed to "where do you live now?".
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    Re: Where are you from? vs Where do you live?

    As a Brit living in the Czech Republic, I have no problem when a Czech asks me 'Where are you from?' My reply is 'England' with, if I think it's appropriate, a little more precise detail. If fellow Brits ask me that question, I just don't know what answer they expect. Perhaps they want to know where I live; perhaps they want to know where I spent most of my life; or perhaps they want to know where I was born.

    'Where do you live?' presents no such problem; nor does Eckaslike's suggestion 'Where are you from originally?' These are the questions I prefer to hear, and they are the questions I tend to ask people. However, there is a PC caveat. If I am speaking in England to a person whose accent or physical appearance suggests that perhaps their grandparents were not born in England, I ask instead "Which part of England are you from originally?' To ask 'Where are you from originally' might suggest that I was assuming they were immigrants.

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    Re: Where are you from? vs Where do you live?

    There are times when "where are you from" and "where do you live" have the same meaning, but not always. Context may provide understanding. I am from the US and I live there. I am from New York City and I live there. I am originally from Chicago, but I don't live there.

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