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    Teacher wanted to know where student came from

    Hi.
    Are the following correct grammatically, and is the punctuation good?

    Teacher wanted to know where/which country student came from, how old they were, what their backgrounds were, and what their purpose were.

    Teacher wanted to know: where/which country student came from, how old they were, what their backgrounds were, what their purpose were.

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    Re: Teacher wanted to know where student came from

    It needs the before students.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Teacher wanted to know where student came from

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It needs the before students.
    Always?

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    Re: Teacher wanted to know where student came from

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It needs the before students.
    Not necessarily.

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    Re: Teacher wanted to know where student came from

    If the teacher had a general interest in the national origin of students, the article isn't necessary. I find that an unlikely scenario; it's much more likely the teacher wanted to know where the students in the class were from.

    Next time I see the teacher, I'll be sure to ask.
    I am not a teacher.

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