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    Can one use 2 instead of 1:
    1-It was in this shop that I met her first.
    2-It was in this shop where I met her first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Can one use 2 instead of 1:
    1-It was in this shop that I met her first.
    2-It was in this shop where I met her first.
    Both of those look okay to me.
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    I agree with Red.

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    Default Re: where/that

    I'd go for something like 'This is the shop where I met her first' to avoid using 'in' with 'where', but I wouldn't say that sentence 2 is wrong.

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    Exactly what I thought Tdol .... something about 'where' as a relative pronoun not liking prepositions. .... Still the original sentence sounds ok. However, that may be because we are used to listening to English spoken incorrectly.

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    There are cases where the preposition would be wrong and 'which' would be used:
    The town where I was born...
    The town in which I was born
    The town which I was born in...

    That's why I would try to avoid it here, too.

    BTW- nice to meet you.

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    If that 'nice to meet you' was meant for me ..... Nice to meet you too. If it wasn't, well, it's nice to meet you anyway.
    About the original post: I think I might even go so far as to say that the first sentence (the one with that) is the only correct possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lib
    If that 'nice to meet you' was meant for me ..... Nice to meet you too. If it wasn't, well, it's nice to meet you anyway.
    About the original post: I think I might even go so far as to say that the first sentence (the one with that) is the only correct possibility.
    The second is a bit dodgy.



    BTW the nice to meet you was you. )

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