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I don't know why present tense is used here. shouldn't it be "came from"?


Native speaker’s answer


Good question! The answer is that both "comes from" and "came from" can be used here. Just as we use both "it originates from" and "it originated from" to trace the history of something, both the present and past tense can be used here without changing the meaning of the sentence. My guess is that because the phrase is still in use, the speaker has used the present tense here. Ex: Chai comes from India. Ex: Jazz music originated in the US.

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