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Is there any difference between the following sentences?

They returned where they had come from.

They returned from where they had come.

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    No difference in meaning whatsoever. This question, I presume, is connected to your previous question about “whence”, isn't it? – Mari-Lou A May 27 '18 at 9:42
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    The latter might be perceived as slightly more formal-sounding due to pied-piping of the preposition. – userr2684291 May 27 '18 at 9:47

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