#EngTrivia: “where are you from?” vs “where do you come from?”

Tonight I wanna ask you a question. It might look simple, but I was puzzled myself when a student asked me about this today.

The question is… *drum roll*

What’s the difference between “Where are you from?” and “Where do you come from?”

Please help me answer this question. Feel free to attach any source (link) that you can find or you know. :)

Hmm… Let’s get this straight and answer the question…

1. Where are you from?

We use this question to ask someone’s origin. It can be the country or city someone’s from. In some cases, it can also be the company someone’s from.

2. Where do you come from?

We usually use this to ask the country someone’s from. Example: “I come from Indonesia.”


“Where are you from?” is considered to be more commonly used.


If you want to ask someone, “Kamu (tadi) darimana?” then you can say: Where have you been?

Sources: ‘come from’ on Macmillan Dictionary, Where are you from? vs Where do you come from?, Where do/did you come from? – I come/came from Korea.

Compiled and written by @NenoNeno at @EnglishTips4U on May 26, 2014

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