Woher kommst du? / Wo kommst du her?

Discussion in 'Deutsch (German)' started by elizwordref, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. elizwordref New Member

    English - American
    In school I always learned "woher kommst du?" I just started the FSI German course, written in the 1950s, and they use the construction "Wo kommen Sie her?" I understand that they're just splitting it and I'm sure it means the same thing, but I was wondering what kind of person would use each construction? Is it formal vs colloquial, modern vs old-fashioned?

    If I used "wo...her," would I sound weird, upper-class, seventy years old, Swiss, etc?
  2. Frank78

    Frank78 Senior Member

    Both are acceptable and used in contemporary German. There´s no real difference in those two sentences.
  3. Derselbe Senior Member

    Deutsch, German, ドイツ語
    I don't see a difference either. It appears to me that "Wo ... her" is easier to say and might sound slightly more natural in spoken language. But that might be depending on the region.
    However I wouldn't split it at least in formal writings.

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