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    where from

    I hear somewhere that in English, you can say both Where do you come from? (1) and Where from do you come? (2). I didn't know that "where from" can be used at all! In addition, I hear that "where....from (1)" is colloquial (however, used much more) and, on the other hand, "where from ..." (2) is considered right...

    Is it the truth?

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    Re: where from

    "Where are you from?" is quite common, and "Where do you come form?" would not seem terribly unusual, but "Where from do you come?' would seem quite odd. I don't know that it is even English. (That is, while the words are English, the construction is not.)

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    Re: where from

    I have never heard a native English speaker say, "Where from..." I would not recommend you use it. I have heard, "From where do you come?" but only rarely.

    I am certain that over 90 percent of all English speakers only use, "Where do you come from?" and this is perfectly acceptable. You can't go wrong with it.

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    Re: where from

    On the other hand, it is correct to write From where do you come?, isn't it?

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    Re: where from

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    On the other hand, it is correct to write From where do you come?, isn't it?
    It is, I think, not incorrect, but it is certainly unusual.

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