Where Do You Live - Most Common Answers To This Question

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where do you live

 

In the English language ‘Live’ means ‘to make a particular place our home.’  It is the place where we return to sleep, cook, and live.  We use ‘live’ to talk about our permanent home and ‘stay’ to talk about temporary accommodation.  We live in a house, apartment, or flat, on a street, in a city, in a state or province, and in a country.  This question can be used to ask about any (or all) of these places. 

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Meaning of The Question Where Do You Live

It means “where is your home located?”  

How Do You Answer Where Do You Live

“Where do you live?” asks about the location of your permanent home.  The answer depends on the context of the question.  The question can refer to your country, province, city, suburb, or street address.  If we want to ask about someone’s temporary accommodation while on holiday, we would ask “where are you staying?” 

How to Anwer in English on Where Do You Live Answer

Grammatically, the best way to answer this question is with the present simple tense.  We use the present simple tense to ask about permanent and unchanging situations.  It means that this is true now and for the foreseeable future.

 

Compare:

“I live in America.”

“I’m living in America.”

 

The present simple tense implies that I am not planning on leaving America any time in the present or near future.  This situation might change in the future, but I have no plans to change this situation at the time of speaking.

 

If we use the present continuous tense, then it implies that the situation is temporary.  “I’m living in America (but I’m expecting this situation to change in the future.)

 

It’s important to remember the prepositions of place when we answer the question “where do you live?”

 

IN: a country/city/province/state/suburb

“I live in America.”

 

ON: street

“I live on Market Street.”

AT: street address

“I live at number 5 Market Street.”

Where Do You Live In

Adding a preposition to the end of this question is unnecessary and grammatically incorrect.  

Differences Between Where Do You Live or Live In

‘Where’ is an adverb that means ‘to, at, or in a place.’  Therefore, ‘in’ is already in the question structure.  We also cannot limit the answer to ‘in.’  We can live at (an address) or on (a street) as well.

Where Did You Live

We can shift the focus from the present to the past to find out where someone lived previously. We are asking about a past completed action that is not true in the present when we ask “where did you live?”. 

Where Did You Live vs Where Do You Live

“Where did you live?” is the past tense of “where do you live?”  To create the past tense structure, we change the form of the auxiliary verb (do) and keep the main verb in the infinitive form. 

Where Do You Lived 

This is grammatically incorrect.  We do not form past simple questions by adding a present tense auxiliary verb while keeping the main verb in the past tense form.

Where Do You Lived or Where Did You Live

“Where did you live?” is correct.  When we create questions using the past tense, we only change the form of the auxiliary verb.  The auxiliary verb takes the role of indicating that this action happened in the past and is a past completed action.  

 

The same rule applies for past tense negative forms:

 

For example:

“Where did you live?”

“I lived in America.”

“I didn’t live in America.”

 

The auxiliary verb changes to create the tense and the main verb changes to the infinitive form.  

The structure of a ‘where’ question in the simple past tense is:

‘Where + did + subject + infinitive’

 

Where Are You Live In

We do not ask “where are you live in?”  This sentence structure is not grammatically correct.  

 

The answer is:

“I live in…”

 

If the answer does not have the main verb ‘be’ or an auxiliary verb, then we must use the auxiliary verb ‘do/does/did’ to create the question form.  

 

We cannot give the answer: “I am live in…” so adding ‘to be’ to the question form is not grammatically correct.

 

We also cannot add ‘in’ to a question with ‘where’ because ‘where’ already means ‘in, at, or to a place.’

Where Do You Live Currently

This question implies that the person we are speaking to moves around a lot.  We want to know where the person lives now.  ‘Currently’ means ‘at the present time.’ The question means “where are you living permanently in the present time?” and we ask it when we think someone may not be living in the same place for a very long time. 

 

We can also use the present continuous to ask this question: “Where are you living?”

 

It’s grammatically correct to answer ”where do you live currently?” with a present simple or a present continuous answer:

“I currently live in New York.”

“I’m currently living in New York.”

Where Are You Living or Where Do You Live?

These are both grammatically correct.

 

The present simple tense is used to talk about habits that are true in the present time:

 

“I live in New York.”

“I work in an office.”

 

The present continuous tense can also be used to talk about ongoing actions around the present:

 

“I’m living in New York.”

“I’m working in an office.”

 

So what’s the difference?

 

The present simple tense is commonly used for actions that are set and unchanging.  They are always true, not only in the present time.  The present continuous has a temporary connotation.  This means that the action is true now, but it may end soon or change soon.  

 

We can use the present simple for things that are always true around the present time and the present continuous for things that are temporarily true around the present time.

Where You Live 

“Where you live?” is not a complete and grammatically correct question.  We need the auxiliary verb ‘do/does/did’ to complete the question form.  

 

Present simple:

(Where + do/does + subject + infinitive)

“Where do you live?”

“Where does he live?”

 

Past simple:

(Where + did + subject + infinitive)

“Where did you live?”

“Where did he live?”