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Where do you come?

Is this sentence acceptable to say?

I come to Dhaka Chawbazar.

Where do you come?

The sentence "Where do you come from" is correct but my question is if it is possible to use the sentence without "from" with a different meaning.

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  • No. It is meaningless. Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 6:54
  • A person is arguing with me that it is possible.
    – Hunter
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 8:42
  • Discussing coitus interruptus the question would be conceivable (if you'll forgive the pun), but it would be damned impertinent. Is that what your person has in mind? Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 11:26
  • You could have "Where do you come?" with elision (words omitted) in response to an earlier statement or question. A: "I come to Dhaka Chawbazar often." B: "Where do you come?" (meaning "Where did you say you come often?") As though B can't believe what A said and is asking A to repeat the place. You can have most combinations of words if you try hard enough, but that doesn't mean it's normal or recommended.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Feb 14, 2022 at 16:48

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Where do you come?

Is this sentence acceptable to say?

It is completely unacceptable, but for cultural and not grammatical reasons.

Without the preposition from, the question is "in what locations do you come?" which only has sexual and pornographic context and answers. The normal sense of come is always directed to the present location (here), so the question doesn't work in any other way.

It's optional to spell this 'dirtier' sense of come as cum. If the speaker and listener were both strict about that distinction, then the question wouldn't have any meaning at all.

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: Hey, what a surprise! Why are you here?

: Nothing like that. I often come here.

: Where do you come (here)?

: Here, in...

Here, where means the destination near the speaker and the listener. I just expressed a situational idea.

The sentence is neither natural nor incorrect, I think.

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  • It is still meaningless to me.
    – Hunter
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 9:18
  • Where do you come here? The sentence sounds OK. Only when you remove here does it sound very slitted.
    – Hunter
    Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 9:20
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    I agree: it is unnatural. Only someone expressing himself extremely poorly might say it. After someone tells us they often come here, we might ask, 'To this very guest house/phone booth/beach?' or 'To where exactly?' or 'And where do you lodge?' It wouldn't enter our heads to ask 'Where do you come?', with or without the 'here'. Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 11:50
  • Where do you come (here)? = To where exactly? Commented Jan 2, 2020 at 13:30

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