These are some quotes from Star War The Force Awakens:

Kylo Ren : Look how old you've become.

Lor San Tekka : Something far worse has happened to you.

Kylo Ren : You know what I've come for.

Lor San Tekka : I know where you come from, before you called yourself "Kylo Ren".

Why does Lor respond "where you come from" whereas he was supposed to confirm to "what I've come from"?

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Tekka is intentionally rephrasing the question, using the same pattern with the verb "to come". It's a common rhetorical device to change the focus of a conversation. Tekka doesn't care about what Ren has come for -- he thinks it's more important to remind Ren what he used to be.

A similar example:

Bad Guy: Do you know who I am?
Good Guy: I know who you work for.

Here Good Guy changes the focus of the question to imply that Bad Guy's name isn't important -- that he only gets his power and authority from his employer. Good Guy is saying, in effect, that Bad Guy is nobody special -- he would be nothing without his employer to back him up.

Note: This is the opening scene in The Force Awakens, and Tekka's speech (and death) serves mainly to establish Ren's character as a dark Jedi, capable of callous murder, and to foreshadow some later revelation about his origin story. This foreshadowing adds dramatic tension.

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