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I've heard "from whence it came" said many times, often when the writer is attempting to be formal (or is in fact formal). But the definition of whence is "from what place, source, or cause" (with "from" being the key word). So is it wrong to say "from whence it came"?

marked as duplicate by Kris, Matt E. Эллен, Janus Bahs Jacquet, Benyamin Hamidekhoo, Ste Nov 28 '13 at 11:37

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    Please try to quote the source more completely -- the sentence, the para or the passage, along with a link to it. I can always say grammatically 'From whence it came to where it came from, English language has changed a lot'. – Kris Nov 28 '13 at 7:02
  • And I was actually searching for the quote used by the OP of that question. So there. – Dodgie Nov 28 '13 at 7:07
  • Fine, then. The question may be closed as a duplicate in that case. – Kris Nov 28 '13 at 7:09
  • @Dodgie: the quote in that question is linked to in the question itself. It's from a YouTube video. – Martijn Jul 12 '15 at 10:33

My apologies. The OP is right. It should be 'whence it came'. 'I have sent the parcel back whence it came'. 'No one knew whence the stranger came'.

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