***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) I believe that you are 100% correct.
(2) This is how Professors House and Harman explain it in their
Descriptive English Grammar:
We may say I remember the house where I was born, and use a
RELATIVE ADVERB [my emphasis] to join and relate the clauses;
or we may say I remember the house in which I was born, and use
a relative pronoun to introduce our adjective clause.
Professor John B. Opdycke in his Harper's English Grammar has this
Do not use where loosely for its MORE PRECISE [my emphasis] phrase
equivalent, as This is a situation where expenditure pays or He read a
paper where he made the problem clear. In neither of these
statements is place as represented by where representative of the
meaning. They should be This is a situation in which expenditure
pays and He read a paper in which or by which or through which he
made the problem clear.
It is only my opinion that your sentence is fine:
Bread Palace has set up ... in Asia, where it opened its first bakery
It is only my opinion that Professor Opdycke would be very pleased with
your use of " ... a new book in which he blasts ...." And I am guessing
that the professor would also prefer in which in your sentence about the
P.S. I notice that you call "where" a relative pronoun in this kind of
adjective/relative clause. I believe that almost all books prefer to call it
a relative adverb. BUT Professor Paul Roberts in his Understanding
Grammar agrees with you that "These words [such as where] are like
relative pronouns in some respects ...."
Hopefully, one of the excellent teachers at this website will give you
and me the correct answers.
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