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    which one is more natural?

    I had something like this in my exam. Do you prefer "where" or "when"? I would like to get a lot of answers to come to a conclusion. Thanks.

    .... we went to the zoo last week, animals were being fed.

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    Re: which one is more natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by telemehdi View Post
    I had something like this in my exam. Do you prefer "where" or "when"? I would like to get a lot of answers to come to a conclusion. Thanks.

    .... we went to the zoo last week, animals were being fed.
    That depends on the context. I would have a tendency to select "when" if it was actually feeding time. "Where" doesn't really work for me.
    You have already stated that you went to the zoo. You could say. 'Where we went in the zoo (the actual location within the zoo)..., if animals were actually being fed there.

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    Re: which one is more natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    That depends on the context. I would have a tendency to select "when" if it was actually feeding time. "Where" doesn't really work for me.
    You have already stated that you went to the zoo. You could say. 'Where we went in the zoo (the actual location within the zoo)..., if animals were actually being fed there.
    Thank you.
    there was no context. This was the sentence and I had to choose among "where" "when" "wherever" and "whenever".
    you said I should have used "in the zoo". is it really necessary?

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    Re: which one is more natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by telemehdi View Post
    I had something like this in my exam. Do you prefer "where" or "when"? I would like to get a lot of answers to come to a conclusion. Thanks.

    .... we went to the zoo last week, animals were being fed.
    Do you mean that the missing word has to go where the four dots are? If so, only 'when' makes sense (though a case might be made for 'whenever').

    Note that a better title would have been 'Where or when'.

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    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: which one is more natural?

    Quote Originally Posted by telemehdi View Post
    Thank you.
    there was no context. This was the sentence and I had to choose among "where" "when" "wherever" and "whenever".
    you said I should have used "in the zoo". is it really necessary?
    Yes, the "in" is necessary to make "where" work. Animals in zoos are not all fed simultaneously.

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    Re: which one is more natural?

    I think there is some confusion here, which I will try to clear up.

    MikeNewYork said that a case could be made for "when" or for "where" but pointed out that if "where" is used, then it needs to be followed by "in". It was not followed by "in". It was followed by "to".

    Rover said that only "when" makes sense given the rest of the sentence.

    I agree with Rover.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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