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Mariana Rangel
I can't explain this question in English to myself being native Spanish speaker
Why "where were you born?" and not "Where did you born?"?
Why the verb "born" works different?
May 16, 2020 10:20 PM
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I think it's because you don't "do" born you "are" born...But not pretty sure
May 16, 2020
Porque " nacer" no tiene un equivalente directo en inglés, no hay una forma activa del verbo.
"nacer" == "to be born" (pasivo)
May 16, 2020
@Kai E - it's interesting how different language families have different concepts.

German and Slovenian have the same concept of "being born" being a "passive thing", "geboren werden" and "biti rojen" respectively.

And a completely unrelated but fun fact: classical Greek (I'm not sure if modern Greek does, too) had a verb for "being well, living healthily", ὑγιεινειν
May 16, 2020
"were" implies the location is what is being asked, did, implies the act is in question, example, did you mom give birth to you in Mexico? vs. "were" you born in mexico? the did in the first example refers to the personal act. Just my opinion. not a teacher.
May 16, 2020
Well,l guess it’s not a verb here, it’s an adjective that’s why you gotta use were instead of did.
May 16, 2020
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Mariana Rangel
Language Skills
Arabic (Maghrebi), English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Learning Language
Arabic (Maghrebi), English, French, Italian, Portuguese