I am confused about the meaning of the below question

Where do you come from?

When a person asks this question are they asking about where I originally come from (say from Brazil), or are they simply asking where I come from that specific day (say a suburb around the city)?

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    When you hear your non-native speakers ask Where do you come from? you should tell them that native speakers rarely say that. Natives ask Where are you from? Apr 26, 2017 at 2:40

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If the question is:

Where are you coming from?

Then they are asking you where you're coming from that specific day.

On the other hand, if they ask one of the following:

Where are you from?

Where do you come from?

Then it refers to your place of origin.

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    "Where are you coming from?" can also mean "What emotional state are you in that would cause you to think that?" or "What reasoning leads you to think that?"
    – Jasper
    Apr 26, 2017 at 3:14

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