In what country were you born?/what country were you born in?

DAlejandro Vz

New Member
Spanish
Good afternoon, I have some doubts about how to correctly ask something, which of this two options is the correct one?:

In what country were you born?
what country were you born in?

I think I have read both of them and that's what makes me feel confused.

Thank you foryour time and help.
 
  • spanishlearning

    New Member
    English - US
    In conversation, we always say, "What country were you born in?" The other option is technically more grammatically correct, but no one ever uses it.
     

    gengo

    Senior Member
    American English
    In conversation, we always say, "What country were you born in?" The other option is technically more grammatically correct, but no one ever uses it.
    Well, "no one ever" is an exaggeration. The OP says he has read both versions, and the more correct version is indeed used in formal contexts. For example, I would expect to see this version on an official form asking for my personal information. That, or "What is your country of birth?"

    That said, I agree with you that in normal speech and casual writing, "What country were you born in?" is vastly more common.
     
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