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    Default a chore where/in which

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-A boring family gathering is just like a chore where you have to look happy while you are doing it.

    2-A boring family gathering is just like a chore at which you have to look happy while you are doing it.
    3-A boring family gathering is just like a chore in which you have to look happy while you are doing it.

    I prefer "1". I think they are all acceptable. But I am not sure, or else I would not have asked!

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    Default Re: a chore where/in which

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-A boring family gathering is just like a chore where you have to look happy while you are doing it.

    2-A boring family gathering is just like a chore at which you have to look happy while you are doing it.
    3-A boring family gathering is just like a chore in which you have to look happy while you are doing it.

    I prefer "1". I think they are all acceptable. But I am not sure, or else I would not have asked!

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    Overlooking for a moment the fact that I don't like "while you are doing it" at the end at all, I prefer #2 of your 3. However, I would simply split the sentence:

    "A boring family gathering is like a chore - you just have to look happy while you're there."

    I have a couple of problems with your suggestions. We wouldn't normally associate a chore with "where", "at which" or "in which". They go OK with "family gathering" but the construction of your sentence puts them closer to "chore". In the same vein, "while you are doing it" goes with "chore" but it doesn't go with "family gathering". I think you have just tried to connect too many different factors.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: a chore where/in which

    Thank you very much Emsr2d2,

    I think I found it!

    4-A boring family gathering is just like a chore during which you have to look happy.

    I am not sure, but I think "during" works.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Default Re: a chore where/in which

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you very much Emsr2d2,

    I think I found it!

    4-A boring family gathering is just like a chore during which you have to look happy.

    I am not sure, but I think "during" works.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    That's better though I still feel that "a chore during which you have to look happy" sounds like you want it to be a recognised occurrence. I don't ever feel that I have to look happy while I'm doing a chore (ie housework).

    How about "It's such a chore trying to look happy during a boring family gathering"?
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    Default Re: a chore where/in which

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Thank you very much Emsr2d2,

    I think I found it!

    4-A boring family gathering is just like a chore during which you have to look happy.

    I am not sure, but I think "during" works.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.
    I agree with emsr's suggestions.

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