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    Question where ## is the telephone number to which the application is assigned

    Hi,

    Below sentences is from a Windows document.

    Enter the following command (where ## is the telephone number to which the application is assigned):

    > print ##

    I changed the above sentence to the A and B as following:

    A. where ## is the telephone number which the application is assigned to.
    B. where ## is the telephone number which the application is assigned.

    When should we use "to which"? and what is the difference between A, B, and "to which"?

    Thanks.

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    Re: where ## is the telephone number to which the application is assigned

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Hi,

    Below sentences is from a Windows document.

    Enter the following command (where ## is the telephone number to which the application is assigned):

    > print ##

    I changed the above sentence to the A and B as following:

    A. where ## is the telephone number which the application is assigned to.
    B. where ## is the telephone number which the application is assigned.

    When should we use "to which"? and what is the difference between A, B, and "to which"?

    Thanks.
    There is a weather-beaten and rickety prescription against prepositions at the end of sentences. Microsoft house style 'buys' this. I would use A, though many teachers wouldn't. 'I am awful, aren't I?' ( - Not sure where that quote came from.)

    But B is acceptable too - though with a different meaning. 'When you arrive, you will be assigned a number' means the same as 'When you arrive, a number will be assigned to you'. In the first case, 'you' is an indirect object. 'Assign' can take an indirect object (which, in effect, means it implies a 'to').

    However, B implies that the telephone number is assigned to the application - which is wrong.

    b

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