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    #1

    when or where

    Which of the following options in the blank is acceptable?

    Most children love Chinese New Year. It's a festival _________________ families can get totether to have fun.

    (that when where)
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    #2

    Re: when or where

    You have to try first.

    (And it's blank, not a blanket.)

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    #3

    Re: when or where

    However, someone suggests choose "where" as written. Is it acceptable?



    Most children love Chinese New Year. It's a festival where families can get totether to have fun.

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    #4

    Re: when or where

    The best choice is when for me.

    However, it's badly-phrased. I prefer

    'Most children love the Chinese New Year Festival. It's a time when families can get together to have fun.'

    Rover

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    #5

    Re: when or where

    As an NES, but not a teacher, I would tend to agree with Rover that "when" needs the word "time".

    The word "time", however. is not used in the sentence as actually written/phrased and so, reluctantly, I would personally see the only option as being "where" - which does work, for me, with the use of the word "festival".

    Hope this helps
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    #6

    Re: when or where

    [QUOTE=Route21;813920]I would personally see the only option as being "where" - which does work, for me, with the use of the word "festival".


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Is "where" really the only "correct" answer because if the words "when" and

    "where" did not exist, we would have to say:

    It is a festival at which families can get together to have fun.

    (2) Just wondering.

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    #7

    Re: when or where

    I understand the only available options that exist in the OP are:

    "(that/when/where)"

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    #8

    Re: when or where

    I wouldn't write the sentence in that form, but in speech I would not consider either 'when' or 'where' unnatural.

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    #9

    Re: when or where

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    I understand the only available options that exist in the OP are:

    "(that/when/where)"

    Regards
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    ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    (1) This wretched soul, as usual, did not express himself clearly.

    (a) I was trying to say that I agreed with you that the best answer might be

    "where."

    (b) I was trying to explain my reason: "where" is the only word that could be

    paraphrased as "at which."

    (2) In any case, all the teachers who commented (or "liked") agree that

    in the real world, either "when" or "where" is fine.

    (a) So you and I can use "where" with the support of the teachers here.

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