Tuesday, 3 December 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 asks you: "where are your friends from?".

*NB This scenario is only valid if all the friends in the group are female. This scenario is not valid if any of the friends in the group is a male (see post dealing with the case of one or more of your friends being male).

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

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

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 amigas* son inglesas (my friends are English).
  • Mis amigas* son de Inglaterra (my friends are from England).
  • Mis amigas* son de Londres (my friends are from London).
  • Mis amigas* son inglesas, de Londres (my friends are English, they are from London).

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

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

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