Monday, 25 November 2013

Where Are Your Friends From?

Imagine you and two or more friends* are talking to someone else who doesn't know your friends. At some point the other person ask you: "where are your friends from?".

*NB This scenario is only valid if any friend in the group is a male. This scenario is not valid if the friends in the group are all female (see post dealing with the all female case).

He/ she could choose to be less formal and ask you:
¿De dónde son tus amigos?

Alternatively, he/ she could choose to be a little bit more formal and say:
¿De dónde son sus amigos?

This is a straightforward question about your friend (a third person). When saying something about a third person (that is, neither you nor the person asking the question) you DO NOT need be concerned about the degree of formality in the original question. You can just concentrate on answering the question.

Questions like this one are usually answered by indicating:
  • The nationality of the friends
  • The country your friends come from
  • The city/ town your friends come from

Assuming your friends are English, from London, you could say:
  • Mis amigos* son ingleses (my friends are English).
  • Mis amigos* son de Inglaterra (my friends are from England).
  • Mis amigos* son de Londres (my friends are from London).
  • Mis amigos* son ingleses, de Londres (my friends are English, they are from London).

*NB Here you choose the word “amigos” because some of the friends in the group are male. You would use the word “amigas” if all the friends in the group were female. Usually, the word used in the question should be the correct choice.

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿De dónde son tus amigos?

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