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    #1

    which or in which ?

    However, automating manufacturing processes has also reduced the number of jobs [which / in which] workers can earn a decent living.

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    Re: which or in which ?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    However, automating manufacturing processes has also reduced the number of jobs [which / in which] workers can earn a decent living.
    "in which"

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    #3

    Re: which or in which ?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "in which"

    Then.. why not 'which"?

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    #4

    Re: which or in which ?

    One of the teachers in this forum gave me a link about this subject, but I lost it. It was in bbcnews.com Ė can anyone give me that link again. I looked for the link in bbcnews.com, but I didnít get anything.

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    #5

    Re: which or in which ?

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    Then.. why not 'which"?
    I think it's because of "in the jobs".

    Cheers!

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    #6

    Re: which or in which ?

    Can there be any possibility that "by/through which" are also correct?

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    Re: which or in which ?

    However, automating manufacturing processes has also reduced the number of jobs [which / in which] workers can earn a decent living.

    If you put: 'jobs [which] workers can earn a decent living.' we read 'which' as a relative pronoun for 'jobs' and an interrogative determiner for 'workers'. This is a clash, as it can't be both at the same time, and renders the clause ungrammatical.

    In English it is common to use 'in' when talking about jobs:

    Are you in work at the mo? Are you in employment? Which job are you in? In what profession are you?

    'in which (jobs) workers can earn a decent living.' I tihink this is an adjective (although it looks a lot like an adverbial to me!) describing 'jobs', because you could replace it with 'available', which cannot be an adverb. However ,I wouldn't like to rule out the possibility that it is the adverbial that answers the question: Reduced the number of jobs where? Answer: in which workers can earn a decent living.

    It can't really be both at the same time, can it?

    *by which workers can earn a decent living. Don't like this for the reasons stated above: in a job.
    *through which workers can earn a decent living. Ditto.

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