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  1. #1
    jnsummer Guest

    usage of 'in which'

    i had a student come to me and ask about how we use the phrase 'in which' , what is the grammatical term for this item?

    an examle : i live in a city in which i work.

    to me this isn't natural and normally i wouldn't say it like this but i think it's grammatically ok.
    any other clues??

  2. #2
    John C. Guest
    Hello.

    My analysis would be that in your example "in which" is a prepositional phrase acting as a conjunctive adverb (i.e. it's equivalent to "where").


    Cheers

    John.

    p.s. Don't forget to capitalise your sentences.

  3. #3
    jnsummer Guest
    cheers John! my student was saying something about 'where' as well now that i think of it.

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    jnsummer Guest
    Oh yes, Capitals. I get lazy sometimes with my typing.

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    Re: usage of 'in which'

    Quote Originally Posted by jnsummer
    i had a student come to me and ask about how we use the phrase 'in which' , what is the grammatical term for this item?

    an examle : i live in a city in which i work.

    to me this isn't natural and normally i wouldn't say it like this but i think it's grammatically ok.
    any other clues??
    Which is a relative pronoun being used in a prepositional phrase.
    BTW it should be 'the city'.

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    jnsummer Guest

    Re: usage of 'in which'

    GROOVY!
    thanks tdol :D

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    You're welcome.

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