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    Question Correct preposition for directions

    Hello!

    Suppose I'm talking about a game character and he is looking at some direction (angle). Are all below expressions grammatically ok to refer to that direction?

    1) "The direction at which this character looks."
    2) "The direction which this character looks at."
    3) "The direction that this character looks at."
    4) "The direction that this character is looking at."
    5) "The direction which this character is looking at."
    6) "The direction at which this character is looking."

    Thanks!

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    Re: Correct preposition for directions

    In BrE, people would naturally say "The direction this character looks in".

    What direction are you looking in?
    I'm looking east.

    If I can work out why we use "to look in" in the question but not in the answer, I'll let you know!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Talking Re: Correct preposition for directions

    Thanks, emsr2d2!

    Just some more questions about that:
    1) So, are the prepositions "which" or "that" before "this character" just optional in this case, unnatural, or really prohibitive? I mean:
    "The direction which this character looks in"
    "The direction that this character looks in"

    2) If it is optional (ie, also correct), is the following still correct?
    "The direction in which this caracter looks"

    3) If I'm talking about an object, instead of a direction, is "at" the correct preposition? Something like:
    "The thing this character looks at"

    Thanks!
    ri

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    Re: Correct preposition for directions

    Quote Originally Posted by ri_ri View Post
    Thanks, emsr2d2!

    Just some more questions about that:
    1) So, are the prepositions "which" or "that" before "this character" just optional in this case, unnatural, or really prohibitive? I mean:
    "The direction which this character looks in."
    "The direction that this character looks in."

    It's optional. There is nothing wrong with "The direction this character looks in".

    2) If it is optional (ie, also correct), is the following still correct?
    "The direction in which this character looks."

    Yes, that sentence is correct.


    3) If I'm talking about an object, instead of a direction, is "at" the correct preposition? Something like:
    "The thing this character looks at."

    Yes, that's fine.

    Thanks!
    ri
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    Re: Correct preposition for directions

    Quote Originally Posted by ri_ri View Post
    Hello!

    Suppose I'm talking about a game character and he is looking at some direction (angle). Are all below expressions grammatically ok to refer to that direction?

    1) "The direction at which this character looks."
    2) "The direction which this character looks at."
    3) "The direction that this character looks at."
    4) "The direction that this character is looking at."
    5) "The direction which this character is looking at."
    6) "The direction at which this character is looking."

    Thanks!
    I agree with emsr. "In which" this character looks is a good choice.

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    Re: Correct preposition for directions

    Great!
    Thank you very much, emsr2d2 ​and MikeNewYork!

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