Sunday, 16 October 2011

Where Is Your (Female) Friend From?


This scenario considers only the specific case of a FEMALE * friend. Imagine you and a female friend are talking to someone else. That person does not know where your female friend comes from and decides to ask you "where does your friend comes from".

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿De dónde es tu amiga?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿De dónde es su amiga?

*Please see a separate blog entry for a MALE friend


You DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the question you are asked. Whether the other person uses the more/ less formal question is irrelevant to your choice of answer.

This is a straight forward question about a third person. Thus, depending on what you want to say, most of the words in the question itself may be re-used in the answer without any changes. There are a variety of ways in which this question could be answered. Perhaps you want to choose between saying that:
  • Your friend is from a specific country
  • Your friend is of a specific nationality
  • You don't know where your friend is from

Here are some examples which deal with those basic possibilities:
  • Mi amiga es de Inglaterra (my friend is from England)
  • Mi amiga es inglesa (my friend is English)
  • No sé de donde es mi amiga (I don't know where my friend is from)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿De dónde es tu amiga?

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