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  1. Conatus's Avatar
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    The dialogue *where* they talk about...


    I've just heard an audio file in which an American English speaker says a phrase like the following one:

    "The dialogue *where* they talk about the exam is an example of the informal register."

    Is this usage of "where" to refer to abstract objects, like "phrase" and "audio file", [a] acceptable only in informal language, though incorrect, or [b] correct?

    In other words, isn't the usage of "where" restricted to "physical places"?

    [ dialogue where vs. dialogue in which on NGram ]
    Last edited by Conatus; 11-Mar-2014 at 03:49.

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    Re: The dialogue *where* they talk about...

    I agree with you that "where" is not strictly correct in that use. "In which" would be better. But these types of usage, with both "where" and "when" are not uncommon.

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