Monday, 5 December 2011

Where Have You Come From?

SCENARIO
Imagine you have just met a relative, a friend or a business associate/ colleague. Maybe you have finished exchanging greetings. The other person wants to know where you have just been. In order to find out, he/ she decides to ask you: "where have you come from"?

The other person could choose to be a bit less formal and say:
¿De dónde vienes?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿De dónde viene (usted)?



OUR TIP

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 depends only on what you want to say about where you have just been.

There are many different ways in which you could reply. Maybe you would like to choose a reply which says that you are coming from:
    • A particular country.
    • A particular city.
    • A particular place
    • A particular event.
    • A particular activity

Here are some examples which deal with those basic possibilities:
  • Vengo de los Estados Unidos (I have just come from the USA).
  • Vengo de Madrid (I have just come from Madrid).
  • Vengo de casa de mis padres (I have just come from from my parents').
  • Vengo de una fiesta de cumpleaños (I have just come from a birthday party).
  • Vengo de jugar a tenis (I have just come from playing tennis).

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿De dónde vienes?

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