Which one is correct:

Where are you come from?


Where do you come from?

As we know, the first question is grammatically incorrect, but my supervisor in Egypt insists that it's right! Could you please give me the right answer and explain why it's the right answer?

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    In older forms of English, be was a perfect auxiliary like the modern perfect auxiliary have. For a long time the two coexisted, and I imagine most speakers are still aware of perfect be, but it's not grammatical anymore. (It can be found in English as recent as the 19th century, though.) – snailcar Oct 25 '14 at 8:51
  • @snailboat And at Christmas we still sing "Joy to the world, the Lord is come". – StoneyB on hiatus Oct 25 '14 at 20:07

The interrogative form of verbs in the present simple is formed with DO, not BE. "Where do you come from?" is therefore correct; "Where are you come from?" is not correct.

When BE is functioning as a main verb, DO is not used as an auxiliary for the interrogative: "Where are you from?"

When BE (or any other verb) is functioning as an auxiliary, the interrogative is formed by subject-verb inversion: "Where are you coming from?"

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"Where do you come from?"


"Where are you come from?"

You can say "Where are you?", that’s ok, but the word "come" takes "do".

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Two possibilities:

Where are you from? I am from Argentina.

Verb: to be + preposition + place

Where do you come from? I come from Argentina.

Verb: come + preposition

Verb: to come

Interrogative: do you come, does he come

"are you come" is not a grammatical form in English.

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