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    Using "where" in Adjective clauses

    I have a little problem with using "where" in Adjective clauses. I don't know why when "where" is used, a preposition is not included in the adjective clause.

    And, I come from Mars. It's so beautiful. So...

    = Mars where I come is so beautiful. (1)

    = Mars where I come from is so beautiful. (2)

    = Mars from which I come is so beautiful. (3)

    = Mars which I come from is so beautiful. (4)

    = Mars I come from is so beautiful. (5)

    Which ones are incorrect ?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Using "where" in Adjective clauses

    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Emma View Post


    = Mars, where I come from, is so beautiful! (2)

    = Mars, from which I come, is so beautiful! (3)

    = Mars, which I come from, is so beautiful! (4)


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    Hello, Davis Emma:

    Great question! It made me consult my books and think hard.

    In my opinion, those sentences that I have quoted above are correct English, if you use commas.

    Those phrases are not adjective clauses. They are prepositional phrases, for they start with the preposition "from."

    I believe that #2 is the most natural and that #3 is the least natural.

    *****

    Here is an adjective clause that I have written:

    "Mars is where I was born." = "Mars is the place / planet / location where I was born."

    a. "Where I was born" is an adjective clause that modifies (belongs) to the noun ("place," "planet," or "location").

    b. No preposition is needed because, as my books tell me, "where" in that sentence means "in [preposition] which."

    i. "Mars is the place in which I was born" sounds less natural.


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    I am personally more comfortable with ending your sentences with an exclamation mark because you used the word "so."

    I would, however, be comfortable with the comma if you had used the word "very": "Mars, where I come from, is very beautiful."

    Compare:

    I am so tired!

    I am very tired.

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