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Where are you from?

Updated: May 29, 2020



Where are you from?

I'm from London.


But what does that mean. Let's look at me:


I was born in Cambridge.

I have lived in Cambridge, Bristol, Tokyo and London.

I've lived in London for 15 years - which is a most of my adult life.


Can I say "I'm from London" when I was born in Cambridge? Yes, is the answer. Imagine this conversation.


A: Where are you from?

B: I'm from Cambridge.

A: Oh, me too. Have you been to the new pub on the High Street?

B: No, I haven't been there for 15 years.

A: But you said you were from Cambridge?

B: I am, but I live in London.


Here the person said they were from Cambridge but didn't know anything about Cambridge. This is not helpful.


My rule is: say you are from the place you know the best.


Example conversations


A: Where are you from?

B: I'm from London.

A: Were you born there?

B: No, I'm originally from Cambridge.


Originally from = the first place you were from


A: Where are you from?

B: Cambridge originally, but I live in London.


A: Where are you from?

B: London, but I now live in Tokyo.

A: Were you born in London?

B: No, I was born in Cambridge but moved away 15 years ago.

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You are correct. They were typing errors which I've now fixed. Thank you.


If you ask "Where were you born in London?" you're asking for a specific location in London in which you were born.

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You said 'Where you born there?' and 'Where you born in London?' in your writing. Are they grammartically right? I thought they should be 'Were you born there?' and 'Where were you born in London?'

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