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    where / in which

    Hi there!
    is there a difference between using where and in which in this context?
    "there are a lot of countries in which a person is judged by the word "emmigrant"... "we live in a world in which our scientific knowledge has increased, in which our lives are easier thanks to new technologies"
    I seem to remember one native speaker friend telling me that in which should not be used when referring to a place, thus, in these two examples where should be a better option.
    thanks for your help.

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    Re: where / in which

    Quote Originally Posted by pitimorcon View Post
    Hi there!
    is there a difference between using where and in which in this context?
    "there are a lot of countries in which a person is judged by the word "emmigrant"... "we live in a world in which our scientific knowledge has increased, in which our lives are easier thanks to new technologies"
    I seem to remember one native speaker friend telling me that in which should not be used when referring to a place, thus, in these two examples where should be a better option.
    thanks for your help.
    Either 'where' or 'in which' is suitable here.
    We say "in a country, in the world'.
    Obviously your friend is right if you are talking about a place which uses "at", eg. at the beach, at the cinema.
    In this case, you'd use 'at which': This is the beach at which I had my first swim in the ocean.


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    Re: where / in which

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Either 'where' or 'in which' is suitable here.
    We say "in a country, in the world'.
    Obviously your friend is right if you are talking about a place which uses "at", eg. at the beach, at the cinema.
    In this case, you'd use 'at which': This is the beach at which I had my first swim in the ocean.
    Is where impossible to use in your example? (Is it grammatically incorrect or just preferable to use?)

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    Re: where / in which

    Quote Originally Posted by greegorush View Post
    Is where impossible to use in your example? (Is it grammatically incorrect or just preferable to use?)
    I wasn't suggesting that. I was just saying you can't use "in which" for a place that you use "at" for.
    Yes, This is the beach where I had my first swim in the ocean is correct too.


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    Re: where / in which

    Have a look at this:

    'where' vs 'in which'

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    Re: where / in which

    This is the shop in which I work.
    This is the shop which I work in.
    This is the shop where I work.

    This is the airport at which I work.
    This is the airport which I work at.

    or

    This is the airport which I work at.
    This is the airport which I work at.

    The above statements do not imply notion

    BUT


    For those that do.

    This is the station to which I walk every day.
    This is the station from which I walk every evening.

    This is the station where I walk to every day (whither).
    This is the station where I walk from every evening (whence).

    This is the station to where I walk every day (whither).
    This is the station from where I walk every evening (whence).

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