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To ask where someone is from, or to express where you are from, are the following questions phrased correctly and in a common, normal way?

Je viens des Etats-Unis. Je viens (suis?) de NY. (I am from NY.)

D'où venez-vous ?

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Je viens des États-Unis/de New-York is possibly ambiguous. It might just mean you are travelling from the US/from NY. Je suis de New-York is okay and means you are from New-York city.

I would suggest:

— Je suis américain, j'habite New-York.
    Spoken (vous): Et vous, vous êtes d'où ?
    Spoken (tu): Et toi, tu es (t'es) d'où ?
    Formal: Et vous, d'où êtes vous (originaire) ?

  • D'où tu viens ? , Tu viens d'où avec ou sans Et toi, devant. Familier. – jcm69 Aug 4 '17 at 21:04
  • @jcm69 J'évite « d'où tu viens » qui peut être parfois mal perçu. – jlliagre Aug 4 '17 at 23:00
  • Omg, you don't need à after habiter? Christ, the number of times I've said that....nobody ever stopped me. – temporary_user_name Aug 5 '17 at 5:51
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    @aerovistae à is optional here – jlliagre Aug 5 '17 at 6:04
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    @Aerovistae: It perfectly fine. Dropping it sounds a bit literary. – Stéphane Gimenez Aug 5 '17 at 8:16

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