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  1. StevenRenshaw
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    I am coming from England?

    Is it correct to use the term, 'I am coming from England'. If not, why is that, I'm perplexed?

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    Re: I am coming from England?

    Sure, in the right context.

    When you land in New York, will you be arriving from Los Angeles?
    No, I am coming from England.


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    Re: I am coming from England?

    "I am coming..." is the Present Continuous form of the verb. Let's look at this tense form with some more familiar action:

    "I am brushing my teeth."
    This tense is used when you are 'in the middle of doing something', that is, actually performing the action. It indicates that the speaker sees the action as having a definite start AND a definite foreseeable finish, AND that the action/event is temporary. The 'finish' is further in the future than NOW, the moment of speaking:
    ..........................................my life
    <................................................. .................................................. ...>
    ................................|<brushing...NOW......>|

    Thus, for the speaker to say, "I am coming from England" to indicate his nationality would mean that somehow he has recently become British, and that this event will soon end!

    Now, if..if the speaker wishes to adopt the perspective that 'we are born into this vale of tears and our time here is but short', then let him say, "I am coming from England" and let him see the puzzled looks on the faces of others. Because for most us, the use of the Present tense, "I come from England" presents this as an unchanging fact, a 'universal truth' in the mind of the speaker, as true at the time of birth, as at his death.

    If he changes his nationality, then again, in his mind, this again is now the fact, and unchanging: "I'm an American now."

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    Re: I am coming from England?

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenRenshaw View Post
    Is it correct to use the term, 'I am coming from England'. If not, why is that, I'm perplexed?
    it's correct but we use to say I'm from England.

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