Friday, 2 December 2011

Are You From Here?

Imagine you are talking to someone who does not really know you. It might even be a complete stranger who stops you in the street to ask for directions. The other person does not know if you are a local and wants to find out. He/ she decides to ask you: "are you from here?".

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿Eres de aquí?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿Es (usted) de aquí?


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.

Your answer will depend mainly on whether or not you are a local and how you want to state that. So, maybe you want to choose between saying that:
  • Yes, you are from these parts
  • No, you are not from these parts

Here are a couple of examples which deal with those basic possibilities:
  • Sí, soy de aquí (yes, I am from here).
  • No, no soy de aquí, solo estoy de paso (no, I am not from here, I am just passing by).

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Eres de aquí?

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