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    Question why "from where" instead of "from which"?

    She climbed up to the top of the hill, ____ she could have a good view of the whole town.
    C. from which D. from where
    The answer is D. I can't understand why I can't use "from which" in this sentence. Why can't I suppose that "which" here refers to " the top of the hill" and it introduces the attributibe clause? On the other hand, what does "where" refer to? Why can it be connected with a preposition "from"(in a common sense, we seldom connect "where" with a prepostion)? Help me please, and thank you very much!

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    Re: why "from where" instead of "from which"?

    And there is another similar example sentence: We went up to the roof , from where we had a good view of the procession.

    It is supposed that "where" here means "on the roof". That is from on the roof we had a good view of... However, can't I say from the roof we had a good view of...? If the answer is "Yes", then does it mean that I can also say: We went up to the roof, from which we had a good view of the procession? This language point always puzzles me.

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    Re: why "from where" instead of "from which"?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    I studied that thred just now, but it seems the replies hold different views about this question. I still can not get a clear idea. Who can help me again?

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    Re: why "from where" instead of "from which"?

    She climbed up to the top of the hill, ____ she could have a good view of the whole town.

    From which would work for me here but I wouldn't use a comma. Maybe that's why the book says it's wrong.

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    Re: why "from where" instead of "from which"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    She climbed up to the top of the hill, ____ she could have a good view of the whole town.
    C. from which D. from where
    The answer is D. I can't understand why I can't use "from which" in this sentence.
    You can use either, though 'from where' is probably more common.

    And there is another similar example sentence: We went up to the roof , from where we had a good view of the procession.

    It is supposed that "where" here means "on the roof". That is from on the roof we had a good view of... Yes
    However, can't I say from the roof we had a good view of...? If the answer is "Yes", then does it mean that I can also say: We went up to the roof, from which we had a good view of the procession?
    Once again, you can use either, though 'from where' is probably more common.

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    Re: why "from where" instead of "from which"?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    She climbed up to the top of the hill, ____ she could have a good view of the whole town.

    From which would work for me here but I wouldn't use a comma.
    I would use a comma, This is more likely to be a non-defining than a defining relative clause, I feel.

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    Re: why "from where" instead of "from which"?

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    She climbed up to the top of the hill, ____ she could have a good view of the whole town.

    From which would work for me here but I wouldn't use a comma. Maybe that's why the book says it's wrong.
    Sorry for my troubling questions. Why wouldn't you use a comma if you use from which? Is there something wrong in treating it as a non-restrictive clause when using from which? Or to a native speaker's eye, it is just a habit, which can not be explained in a reasonable sense?

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    Re: why "from where" instead of "from which"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I would use a comma, This is more likely to be a non-defining than a defining relative clause, I feel.
    Well, I feel... (insert some outrage here)!!


    For me it's more natural to use "from where" but if I used "from which" and I set it off with a comma, it would be weird because then which would refer to "top" and I'd want to use "where" instead. If it was referring to the "hill", I wouldn't use a comma as I'd see it as restricting what kind of hill it is.

    All of this is subjective but if you want to have an argument, bring it on!

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    Re: why "from where" instead of "from which"?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I would use a comma, This is more likely to be a non-defining than a defining relative clause, I feel.

    Thanks for your replies! So in fact, using from which doesn't break the grammar rules, but is not commonly used or does not do well in expressing, am I right?

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