# Thread: Should I use which or where? / why?

1. ## Should I use which or where? / why?

This is a picture of the square (which-where) we visited today.

Someone told me that I had to choose which while I think it is (where) because (square) is a place !

who is correct and why?

2. ## Re: Should I use which or where? / why?

It's 'which' in BrE. It's the direct object of 'visited' in the relative clause. You could also use 'that' or no relative pronoun. at all.

This is a picture of the square which we visited today.
This is a picture of the square that we visited today.
This is a picture of the square we visited today.

3. ## Re: Should I use which or where? / why?

I think you could use "where" with a sentence like this:

This is a picture of the square where we spent the afternoon.

4. ## Re: Should I use which or where? / why?

Originally Posted by Piscean
It's 'which' in BrE. It's the direct object of 'visited' in the relative clause. You could also use 'that' or no relative pronoun. at all.

This is a picture of the square which we visited today.
This is a picture of the square that we visited today.
This is a picture of the square we visited today.

You mean there is an exception here, when the place become the direct object we can’t use where. Is this the only case or there are another cases? Could you please explain more exactly in that point? Thanks in advance .

5. ## Re: Should I use which or where? / why?

Originally Posted by tedmc
I think you could use "where" with a sentence like this:

This is a picture of the square where we spent the afternoon.
How can I know the correct pronoun in such statements?

6. ## Re: Should I use which or where? / why?

As Piscean showed you in post #2, there isn't just one correct pronoun in that particular sentence. Sometimes there is just one correct one, sometimes there's not. You just have to learn correct constructions as you come across them.

7. ## Re: Should I use which or where? / why?

Originally Posted by أبوهيثم
Do you mean there is an exception here: when the place become the direct object we can’t use "where"? Is this the only case or there are another cases? Could you please explain more exactly in that point? Thanks in advance .
Generally speaking, relative "where" has the idea of "in/at which".

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