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    You are saying that everyone should be equal, and this is where I disagree.


    You are saying that everyone should be equal, and this is why I disagree.

    I think these two sentences are grammatically correct, but some claim only the first sentence is correct.What is your opinion?

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    Default Re: where V. why

    Where I disagree = I agree with much of the rest, but this point is the something I disagree with.
    Why = a more complete disagreement.

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    Thank U very much !

    I know the difference between the two, but I think the second sentence with "why" can't be thought to be wrong.

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    Hi, why we use "where " here in the first setence, so is it the relative pronoun ? can we use "that " to instead of " where " ? thanks in advance

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    dear both are relatives .
    I personally prefere using the causative " why" . where can be used for
    place as a relative pronoun.

    kind regards

    saleemabu

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    Default Re: where V. why

    hi,
    thank to yr answer but how about " that " ?

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    Default Re: where V. why

    Quote Originally Posted by saleemabu View Post
    dear both are relatives .
    I personally prefere using the causative " why" . where can be used for
    place as a relative pronoun.

    kind regards

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    It is not really a question of preference; the two forms have different meanings.

    This is where I disagree = this is the point I disagree with.
    This is why I disagree = this is the reason I disagree with you.

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    Default Re: where V. why

    Quote Originally Posted by lyfen View Post
    hi,
    thank to yr answer but how about " that " ?
    This is that I disagree = incorrect.

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    If the sentences are complete within themselves, "where" and "why" can give very different meanings:

    "You are saying that everyone should be equal, and this is where I disagree." -> I do not agree that everyone should be equal. I think inequality is a good thing.

    "You are saying that everyone should be equal, and this is why I disagree." -> Yes, you are correct: everyone should be equal. But that's exactly why I disagree with the rest of the argument.

    In other words, the second sentence can mean: "You have just contradicted yourself."

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    Default Re: where V. why

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    This is that I disagree = incorrect.
    If lyfen really wants to use a pronoun meaning 'the point that', the sentence should be 'This is what I disagree with'. Some people may feel an aversion to that preposition there, but I have none. People who feel this aversion can use an alternative that will raise no hackles - 'This is where I disagree'.

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