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    Question which or where (relative clauses)

    Hi there!

    I've been studying the relative clauses recently, and I have been confused about the relative pronouns "which" and "where". Here are some examples

    1. The house where I used to live had been destroyed.
    2. The hotel, which is in the center of the town, is to be knocked down and replaced by a bank.
    3. The museum which we visited last month is closed now.

    In #1: "where" is a kind of adverbials, which the following is a clause (I used to live). Ok, I get it
    In #2: "which" is the subject of the adjective clause. Can't use "where" because it's an adverbial. Ok, I get it

    But in #3, I don't understand, "The museum" is a place and after "which", it has a clause (we visited last month). Why don't use "where" instead?

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    Re: which or where (relative clauses)

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    The museum is closed now.
    We visited the museum last month.
    If you break down the sentence in question, you get the above two sentences.

    Please note that the museum is the object of the verb, visited.
    You don't use an adverb as an object of a transitive verb.

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    Re: which or where (relative clauses)

    Quote Originally Posted by driftwood View Post
    Code:
    The museum is closed now.
    We visited the museum last month.
    If you break down the sentence in question, you get the above two sentences.

    Please note that the museum is the object of the verb, visited.
    You don't use an adverb as an object of a transitive verb.
    Thanks driftwood! Without your explanation, I hardly understand that sentence.

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