|Aretha Franklin 'The Queen of Soul'|
|Bono of U2|
In casual conversation, the simple question: “Where are you from?” often occurs. Let’s take a look at how Bono (Irish musician) and Aretha Franklin (American musician) answer the question.
Question: “Where are you from?”
Bono: I grew up in a lower-middle-class neighborhood.
Aretha Franklin: I was brought up in Detroit, and most of my
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I grew up…
I was brought up…
I think if you ask your native speaker friends, they will say they use either style without thinking. Both answers are natural in a casual/informal conversation. Also, you can notice that Aretha Franklin shortened her sentence by dropping the object.
I was brought up by my grandmother in Detroit. (according to Aretha’s biography)
In conversation you can do this too!
However, language learners often want to add an object to the verb ‘grew up’ because the ideas seem similar or interchangeable to the verb 'to be brought up'.
I grew up by my parents in New York. incorrect
My parents grew me up in New York. incorrect
Unfortunately, both sentences are incorrect because the verb ‘grew up’ doesn’t take an object. The verb ‘brought up’ can take an object.
I was brought up by my parents in New York. correct
My parents brought me up in New York. correct
Now the sentences are “OK”!
Anyhow, don’t think too much about grammar. You can use either phrase in casual conversation quite easily by following Bono and Aretha’s answer styles. Here are some examples if you need some extra practice. Please try them out at your next social gathering.
Conversational Speaking Patterns
I grew up in __________.
1. I grew up in New York.
2. I grew up in a middle-class neighborhood.
I was brought up in __________.
3. I was brought up in Detroit.
4. I was brought up in the countryside.
Check out the tourist links of Bono and Aretha’s hometowns:
Aretha-Detroit, Michigan, United States
Take Care Alex! See you next week!