Learn English – “I came from Italy” or “I come from Italy”


If I originally lived in Italy and then moved to the United States and currently live in the United States. Then somebody asked me where I am from. I say:

I come/came from Italy.

Should it be present tense or past tense?

Best Answer

"I come from Italy" is the better semantic choice. "I came from Italy" refers to a more specific time frame: "I came from Italy last night." However, the more natural one would be "I'm Italian but currently live in the States."

Also, the past tense usually refers to an action that is 100% complete and done with; however, "I come from Italy" shows that the relation is still an existing one.

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