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[FONT=MS Pゴシック][/FONT]The following is an excerpt from a New York Times article ofApril 6. Shouldn't "from where" be "from which" or just"where" without "from?"
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“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air basein Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Mr. Trump said inremarks at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “It is in this vital nationalsecurity interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and useof deadly chemical weapons.”


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Before we answer your question, please edit post #1 and insert all the missing spaces that are the result of pasting text. Thanks.
 

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Re: Which is correct, "from where" or "from which?"

The following is an excerpt from a New York Times article of April 6. Shouldn't "from where" be "from which" or just "where" without "from?"

“Tonight, I ordered a targeted military strike on the air base in Syria from where the chemical attack was launched,” Mr. Trump said in remarks at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. “It is in this vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”
 

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Re: Which is correct, "from where" or "from which?"

Both phrases are acceptable.

You can't omit 'from'.
 

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Re: Which is correct, "from where" or "from which?"

Tonight,I ordered a targeted military strike on the air base in Syria from where thechemical attack was launched.

"From where": In relative clauses, "where" takes a locative expression as antecedent: in this case "air base in Syria". Within the relative clause, it is functioning as complement of the locative preposition "from". We understand that "the chemical attack was launched from "x", where "x" is understoodas "air base in Syria".
 
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Re: Which is correct, "from where" or "from which?"

As post #5 is saying, from where is fine, and focuses on the origin of the chemical attack. You could read this as

...the air base in Syria, [the original place] from where the chemical attack was launched.

Using from which would also be fine, focusing on which airbase. You could read this as

...the air base in Syria, [the one] from which the chemical attack was launched.

It also makes sense without from, focusing on the location of the launch. You could read this as

...the air base in Syria, [which is] where the chemical attack was launched.
 
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