I know ‘Where were you born?’ is the correct expression. At the same time, ‘Where did you be born?’, this is the question I have now. Do you think this sentence is grammatically correct or not? And is this the same as ‘Where were you born?’.

If it’s not the same and it’s not correct, please tell me why.


It is not correct. Although a fluent English speaker would understand what you were trying to say, the correct question is as you acknowledged, "Where were you born?". The only thing that would be similar to what you asked would be "Where did your birth take place?"

  • I understood that that question I did was an incorrect expression. – I.B Nov 8 '17 at 7:33

English doesn't have an active verb meaning 'be born' like the French 'naître'. You could say something like "Where did you come into the world?", but it would sound unnatural in normal conversation.

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