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    #1

    To which or where

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    Yesterday we visited the city museum, __________ I'd never been before.
    A- where
    B- to which (key)
    I have been taught that WHERE is the same as A PREPOSITION + WHICH. So why isn't A chosen please?

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    #2

    Re: To which or where

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...-never-been-to
    Having read the above, I think A is also correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: To which or where

    "Yesterday we visited the city museum, where /to which I'd never been before".

    Neither is especially natural. The relative clause with "where" means, effectively, "I'd never been to x before", in which the "to" component is contributed by "where" together with its location function. (The symbol "x" relates to the antecedent "the city museum").
    Last edited by PaulMatthews; 23-Aug-2016 at 13:49.

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    #4

    Re: To which or where

    Why do you think these sentences are not natural? 'I'd never been to the city museum before' sound perfectly natural to me.

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    #5

    Re: To which or where

    That is not what the OP wrote. Look at the their example!

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    #6

    Re: To which or where

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMatthews View Post
    That is not what the OP wrote. Look at the their example!
    It's:

    Yesterday we visited the city museum, __________ I'd never been before.

    A- where
    B- to which (key)

    The relative clause with "where" means, effectively, "I'd never been
    to x before", in which the "to" component is contributed by "where" together with its location function.
    What am I missing?

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    #7

    Re: To which or where

    What you're missing is the fact that in my opinion the OP's example as written with either "where" or "to which" is not especially natural. What bit of that don't you understand?

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    Re: To which or where

    The bit that I don't understand is why you think these versions are not natural. I did mention this in post 4.

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    Re: To which or where

    No you did not. You said: "I'd never been to the city museum before' sound perfectly natural to me"'.

    But that is not what the OP wrote. I commented that the OP's example (not a paraphrase of the relative clause) as submitted was not especially natural.

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    #10

    Re: To which or where

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMatthews View Post
    "Yesterday we visited the city museum, where /to which I'd never been before".

    Neither is especially natural.
    This is what I am questioning. Why do you think these are unnatural?
    Last edited by Piscean; 23-Aug-2016 at 14:42. Reason: slight change

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