I want to know country of some person.

What's right question?

What country is he from? OR From what country is he?

Or maybe the both options are wrong, aren't?


What country is he from?

This is the way I would say it. Perhaps you're worried about using that version, because you were told it was not proper to end a sentence with a prepostion. That piece of advice is widely disregarded nowadays. Simple type this into Google:

  Is it okay to end a sentence with a prepostion

and you'll find plenty of credible sources assuring you that doing so is not a problem.

Your second version is not ungrammatical, but it does sound stilted.

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  • Thank you very much! I know that english sentence can end with a preposition. But I really wanted to know this sentence is such sentence or not. About second option I was confused by question that is leading with word "From". – Oleg Mar 23 '15 at 11:15

Where are you from? and What country are you from? are polite questions. Asking something else might end up being offensive or rude.

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  • I am asking about grammar. What question is grammatically correct? – Oleg Mar 23 '15 at 9:20

I would ask like this :

Do you know where is he from?
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  • I know that I can ask other question. for example: where does he live? But I want to know what question of above questions is right. – Oleg Mar 23 '15 at 9:21
  • Ok, I don't know the rule but I would put my bet on the first one – Yohann V. Mar 23 '15 at 9:49

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