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"¿Dónde está?" is a phrase which is often translated as "Where is it?", and "¿De dónde es?" is a phrase which is often translated as "Where is he from?". Learn more about the difference between "¿Dónde está?" and "¿De dónde es?" below.
¿Dónde está?(
dohn
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deh
 
ehs
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tah
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. Where is it?
No encuentro mi libro. ¿Dónde está?I can't find my book. Where is it?
b. Where is he?
Se supone que Nelson nos iba a encontrar aquí, pero no lo veo por ningún lado. ¿Dónde está?Nelson was supposed to meet us here, but I don't see him anywhere. Where is he?
c. Where is she?
No he visto a Peggy en todo el día. ¿Dónde está?I haven't seen Peggy all day. Where is she?
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¿De dónde es?(
deh
 
dohn
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1.
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(used to refer to the third person singular)
a. Where is he from? (masculine)
Your friend has a funny accent. Where is he from?Tu amigo tiene un acento extraño. ¿De dónde es?
b. Where is she from? (feminine)
No sabía que hablaba cinco idiomas. ¿De dónde es?I didn't know that she spoke five languages. Where is she from?
2.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(used to address one person)
a. Where are you from?
Yo soy de Uruguay. Y usted, ¿de dónde es?I'm from Uruguay. And you, where are you from?
3. (used to refer to a thing)
a. Where is it from?
Ese jarrón es precioso. ¿De dónde es?That vase is gorgeous. Where is it from?
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