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    #1

    Exclamation where vs in which

    Hello there

    Can I replace "where" with "in which"?
    Is it grammatically OK?

    London, the place where we first met, is fascinating.
    London, the place in which we first met, is fascinating.

    Please help me!

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    Re: where vs in which

    Not in this case. "London, the place in which...." is not idiomatic, so it is not considered correct.


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    Re: where vs in which

    Thank you, konungursvia.

    You mean, "in which" is technically all right, but idiomatically wrong, you do not use it?

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    Re: where vs in which

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    Thank you, konungursvia.

    You mean, "in which" is technically all right, but idiomatically wrong, you do not use it?
    Yes, technically correct but unidiomatic.


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    Exclamation Re: where vs in which

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Yes, technically correct but unidiomatic.
    When a unique noun is used as antecedent, you use "(the place) where"?
    Could you show which case you do not use "the place in which"?

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    Re: where vs in which

    Quote Originally Posted by gchman View Post
    When a unique noun is used as antecedent, you use "(the place) where"?
    Could you show which case you do not use "the place in which"?
    I don't think the uniqueness is the necessary determinant.

    A: I'm going back to One Tree Gully.
    B: What's One Tree Gully?
    A: It's the town in which I was born.
    OR It's the town where I was born.

    With London, you don't get to say "London is the city in which I was born"
    because everyone knows what London is. So there is no noun to follow with "in which". You would normally say. London is where I was born. OR I was born in London.

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