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"Where are you from" is a phrase which is often translated as "de dónde eres", and "hi" is an interjection which is often translated as "hola". Learn more about the difference between "where are you from" and "hi" below.
where are you from
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (used to address one person)
a. de dónde eres
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)
(singular)
Where are you from? - I'm from San Francisco.¿De dónde eres? - Soy de San Francisco.
b. de dónde es
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
This scholarship is only available for people of certain nationalities. Where are you from?Esta beca solo está disponible para personas de ciertas nacionalidades. ¿De dónde es?
2. (used to address multiple people)
a. de dónde son (plural)
You have pretty accents. Where are you from?Tienen acentos lindos. ¿De dónde son?
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hi(
hay
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An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(greeting)
a. hola
Hi! Long time no see!¡Hola! ¡Hacía mucho que no nos veíamos!
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