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    Default on relative pronouns ( in which)

    good day!

    i tried hard to find an article explaining the use of prepositions plus relative pronouns , but couldn't find what i wanted. i wonder why there is a need for us to use prepositions before whom, which and so on..

    i also want to know the use of " in which " in a realtive clause.
    i understand that we use it for things and facts.
    in the sentence...

    It was the stream in which the elephant and the mouse preferred to swim.

    does it make a difference if i omit the preposition " in" ?

    where can i find possibly find more articles on prepositions plus relative pronouns.

    thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: on relative pronouns ( in which)

    my guess is that the 'in' is necessary as in the following:

    the elephant and the mouse preferred to swim 'in' that stream.

    you could probably rephrase the sentence into:

    It was the stream which the elephant and the mouse preferred to swim in.

    However though, some people think it's wrong to end a sentence with a preposition, and hence the switch?

    Juz a guess, ppippi

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    Default Re: on relative pronouns ( in which)

    With 'which' you need the preposition. If you want to rewrite the sentence without it, use 'a stream where...'.

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