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jnsummer
06-Jun-2003, 03:48
i had a student come to me and ask about how we use the phrase 'in which' , what is the grammatical term for this item?

an examle : i live in a city in which i work.

to me this isn't natural and normally i wouldn't say it like this but i think it's grammatically ok.
any other clues??

John C.
06-Jun-2003, 06:42
Hello.

My analysis would be that in your example "in which" is a prepositional phrase acting as a conjunctive adverb (i.e. it's equivalent to "where").


Cheers

John.

p.s. Don't forget to capitalise your sentences. ;-)

jnsummer
06-Jun-2003, 11:52
cheers John! my student was saying something about 'where' as well now that i think of it.

jnsummer
06-Jun-2003, 11:54
Oh yes, Capitals. I get lazy sometimes with my typing. :-)

Tdol
07-Jun-2003, 20:45
i had a student come to me and ask about how we use the phrase 'in which' , what is the grammatical term for this item?

an examle : i live in a city in which i work.

to me this isn't natural and normally i wouldn't say it like this but i think it's grammatically ok.
any other clues??

Which is a relative pronoun being used in a prepositional phrase.
BTW it should be 'the city'. ;-)

jnsummer
12-Jun-2003, 15:17
GROOVY!
thanks tdol :D

Tdol
13-Jun-2003, 00:47
You're welcome. ;-)