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    problems with "where" and "which'

    In fact I am a junior English teacher but English is not my mother tongue. I would like to understand the difference between "where" and "which" in relative clause. In some cases they are very confusing. For example, "school". School can be a place but I remember having seen something like "she went to the school which ...... " or " .....the school where..... "

    do you understand my questions?


    By the way I have another question about relative clause

    main clause: Thailand Bank is an international bank.

    another clause: Its service is effective and excellent

    so, if I want to combine these two clauses. Which one of the following is correct??

    A. Thailand Bank, whose service is effective and excellent, is an international bank.
    OR
    B. Thailand Bank is an international bank, whose service is effective and excellent

    I think in the non-defining cases both A and B is correct. (But I am not 100% sure...)

    How about the defining cases?

    C. Thailand Bank whose service is effective and excellent, is an international bank.

    D. Thailand Bank is an international bank whose service is effective and excellent

    I think only D is correct in this case. However I am not sure how to explain it.

    In general, looking at the big picture, A, B, C, and D. Which one looks the most naturally correct?

    Thanks all!

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    #2

    Re: problems with "where" and "which'

    Where are you really located?

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    #3

    Re: problems with "where" and "which'

    Quote Originally Posted by kenny1999 View Post
    In fact I am a junior English teacher but English is not my mother tongue. I would like to understand the difference between "where" and "which" in relative clause. In some cases they are very confusing. For example, "school". School can be a place but I remember having seen something like "she went to the school which ...... " or " .....the school where..... "
    There are three ways to say that:
    1) She went to the school where she used to study.
    2) She went to the school which she used to study in.
    3) She went to the school in which she used to study.

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    Re: problems with "where" and "which'

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    There are three ways to say that:
    1) She went to the school where she used to study.
    2) She went to the school which she used to study in.
    3) She went to the school in which she used to study.
    sorry, I don't really understand what you are talking about.....

    i think it is common to say "she went to school where she used to study IN"

    or "she went to school which she used to study............ (without IN)"

    Is that the only difference as you described?

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    Re: problems with "where" and "which'

    Quote Originally Posted by kenny1999 View Post
    sorry, I don't really understand what you are talking about.....

    i think it is common to say "she went to school where she used to study IN"

    or "she went to school which she used to study............ (without IN)"

    Is that the only difference as you described?
    Neither of those is correct. If you intend them to be sentences, start them with capital letters and end them with full stops (periods). They still won't be correct though.

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