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    sit on the chair where you live?

    Is it possible to say 2,3? I don't think so. I think where should be changed to which.
    1.Sit where you like.
    2. Sit on the chair where you like => which
    3. Sit at the table where you like.=> which

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    Re: sit on the chair where you live?

    Is it possible to say 2,3? I don't think so. I think where should be changed to which.
    1.Sit where you like.
    2. Sit on the chair where you like => which
    3. Sit at the table where you like.=> which


    keannu.
    The most natural sentences are (1) and (2) with 'where'.
    .. "wherever" and "whichever" are quite common in this situation, they emphasize the lack of restriction within the options provided, in this case a table surrounded by chairs.
    These work OK:
    Sit where/wherever you like.
    Sit at the table wherever you like.
    Take whichever chair/place you like.
    .. and of course there are others.

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    Re: sit on the chair where you live?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    Is it possible to say 2,3? I don't think so. I think where should be changed to which.
    1.Sit where you like.
    2. Sit on the chair where you like => which
    3. Sit at the table where you like.=> which

    keannu.
    The most natural sentences are (1) and (2) with 'where'.
    .. "wherever" and "whichever" are quite common in this situation, they emphasize the lack of restriction within the options provided, in this case a table surrounded by chairs.
    These work OK:
    Sit where/wherever you like.
    Sit at the table wherever you like.
    Take whichever chair/place you like.
    .. and of course there are others.

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    I agree with wherever or whichever, but is it possible to say "Sit on the chair where you like. "? I think after "where", the sentence should be complete, but it's not, so only "which" is possible. Isn't it?
    The most natural sentences are (1) and (2) with 'where'.

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    Re: sit on the chair where you live?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I agree with wherever or whichever, but is it possible to say "Sit on the chair where you like. "? I think after "where", the sentence should be complete, but it's not, so only "which" is possible. Isn't it?
    The most natural sentences are (1) and (2) with 'where'.


    Sit on whichever chair you like. ( doesn't matter which chair)

    Sit on the chair where you like. (sounds incorrect to me or at least unclear)


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    Re: sit on the chair where you live?

    "Sit on the chair where you like."? I think after "where", the sentence should be complete, but it's not, so only "which" is possible. Isn't it?

    I'm assuming there are a number of identical chairs around a table.

    "Sit on the chair where you like"
    "Sit on the chair which you like"
    Those two sentences might be understood in context but I don't think I've ever heard either of them said with the meaning we are discussing.

    "Sit on the chair where you like" doesn't sound quite natural. It has a suggestion of "take that chair to wherever you like and sit on it" or even "sit on the part of the chair that you prefer". Better would be, "sit at the table where you like", "sit on whichever chair you like".

    "Sit on the chair which you like" sounds natural, but again it has a slight ambiguity. It can suggest that you are choosing a particular chair rather than a position at the table. You want to say "sit anywhere around the table that you like", not "get the chair which you particularly like and sit on it" (that is a possible scenario but I don't think it's what you're asking about).

    There are lots of phrases like "sit wherever you want", "take whichever seat you want", "take any seat you like", "take whichever chair you like", "sit at the table wherever you like", "sit at the table, anywhere's fine" etc .. so any that aren't quite right are easily avoided.

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    Re: sit on the chair where you live?

    Sit on the chair where you like
    This sounds like the kind of thing people might come out with in speech, but written down, it looks rather bizarre.

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