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    #1

    experience where vs when

    "Do you remember that Christmas where we didn't get any toys?"

    Why would the speaker be using "where" in the sentence? Should I use "where or when" when refering to experiences,incidents or situations?

    "I've been in a situation where/when? I was shortchanged."

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    #2

    Re: experience where vs when

    Where can also be used after some specific nouns such as situation, point and stage, e.g.:
    Eventually I reached a stage where I began to enjoy my work.

    He found himself in a situation where he was unable to pay off his debts.

    When can be used as a relative adverb in a relative clause after the word time or other nouns which denote periods of time such as year, day, summer, etc.

    e.g.:
    I remember the day when I first met her.

    Wasn’t that the summer when we took the boys camping?

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    Re: experience where vs when

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Where can also be used after some specific nouns such as situation, point and stage, e.g.:
    Eventually I reached a stage where I began to enjoy my work.

    He found himself in a situation where he was unable to pay off his debts.

    When can be used as a relative adverb in a relative clause after the word time or other nouns which denote periods of time such as year, day, summer, etc.

    e.g.:
    I remember the day when I first met her.

    Wasn’t that the summer when we took the boys camping?
    Christmas is a period of time, isn't it? So it should have been "when".

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    #4

    Re: experience where vs when

    Yes.

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    #5

    Re: experience where vs when

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Yes.
    So it would have been a native speaker mistake?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So it would have been a native speaker mistake?
    With "that Christmas" it could be a bit different - not only the time of year but also the party itself.

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    Re: experience where vs when

    I think it should be "when".

    Christmas is indeed a time of year and the fact that the original says "...that Christmas where we didn't get any toys..." shows that they are talking about Christmas Day, the day when presents are given and received.

    However, you will hear "where" and "when" used a lot in these situations by native speakers, without much thought to which one is correct.

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    #8

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    So it would have been a native speaker mistake?
    Many speakers use where in this way. Many speakers would hear it without thinking there was anything strange about the sentence. I wouldn't call it a mistake.

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    Re: experience where vs when

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Many speakers use where in this way. Many speakers would hear it without thinking there was anything strange about the sentence. I wouldn't call it a mistake.
    Didn't meen to hurt your feeling. It's like "When have been in a situation where..........?". I can use either one here right?

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    #10

    Re: experience where vs when

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Didn't meen to hurt your feeling. It's like "When have been in a situation where..........?". I can use either one here right?
    That was established in post #2.

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