Using Soy de [city/country] to say where you are from

To say where you are from in Spanish, you use (Yo) soy de + [city/country/region]. Read and listen to these examples:

Yo soy de Barcelona.
I am from Barcelona.

Soy de Argentina.
I am from Argentina.

To ask where are you from? you can use either the informal form (eres), or the formal usted form (es).

¿De dónde eres?
Where are you from? [informal]

¿De dónde es usted?
Where are you from? [formal]

 

In Spanish, you can omit the pronoun yo (I) and use the verb on its own, e.g. Soy de Madrid.
GRAMMAR: Yo soy is the first person singular of the verb ser in El Presente = I am.

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¿De dónde eres?
Where are you from? [informal]


Yo soy de Barcelona.
I am from Barcelona.


Soy de Argentina.
I am from Argentina.


¿De dónde es usted?
Where are you from? [formal]


Q&A Forum 4 questions, 7 answers

GregA0Kwiziq community member

Soy vs estoy

If estar is to be used with a location, why use ser to discuss where one is from?

Asked 3 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Greg

The second context (where you are from) is not so much about where something/someone is located; it is referring to the "origin" (in this case it is ser):

Estoy en Madrid (I am [located] in Madrid) 

This one says where the person is physically. 

Soy de Madrid (I am [originally] from Madrid) 

This one doesn't say where the person is physically, but where he/she comes from.

Un saludo

Inma

Soy vs estoy

If estar is to be used with a location, why use ser to discuss where one is from?

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AlainA0Kwiziq community member

de donde es usted

Asked 6 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Alain

Do you have a question?

Inma

LucA1Kwiziq community member

soy de Madrid

RekhaA1Kwiziq community member

Soy de India. Tengo 38 años. Me gusta mucho a aprender Español. Quiero aprender mucho de sus lecciones

de donde es usted

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DoraB1Kwiziq community member

Soy Canada tengo 67 de edad. Tengo un accidente cerebral, por lo tanto parezco muy lentamente. Estoy estudiando hace muchas años y me encanta

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Dora,

It's great to hear you are enjoying learning Spanish with us!

Muchas gracias por tu comentario.

Un saludo

Inma

Soy Canada tengo 67 de edad. Tengo un accidente cerebral, por lo tanto parezco muy lentamente. Estoy estudiando hace muchas años y me encanta

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VernonA0Kwiziq community member

Do you have to use "usted"

It appears that the word tú is dropped from the phrase ¿De dónde eres?  Can you also drop usted and just say ¿De dónde es?
Asked 1 year ago
SilviaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer
¡Hola Vernon! Yes, you can use the subject pronouns for each sentence or omit them. It is more natural to omit them unless you want to reinforce who is carrying out the action. Silvia.
Rick RicarditoA1Kwiziq community member

El el kwiz, no indicó cuál persona, y por eso "es" o "eres" podía ser correcto.

Do you have to use "usted"

It appears that the word tú is dropped from the phrase ¿De dónde eres?  Can you also drop usted and just say ¿De dónde es?

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