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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:49 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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What is the use and name of "where" here?

the place where I met Jon
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 2:44 pm Reply with quote
thegooseking
 
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Good question.

"Where I met Jon" is an adjectival clause, which is a type of subordinate clause. Adjectival clauses normally begin with a relative pronoun (and hence they're also sometimes called relative clauses) but they can begin with certain subordinating conjunctions (normally reserved for adverbial clauses) - 'when', 'where' and 'why'.

So in this instance, 'where' is a subordinating conjunction fulfilling the role of a relative pronoun - you could replace it with a relative pronoun, but you would have to add a preposition before the pronoun.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:53 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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Quote:
So in this instance, 'where' is a subordinating conjunction fulfilling the role of a relative pronoun - you could replace it with a relative pronoun, but you would have to add a preposition before the pronoun.


Thanks for the reply. Could we call where, when, and why relative adverbs?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 5:54 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
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Bridget wrote:
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So in this instance, 'where' is a subordinating conjunction fulfilling the role of a relative pronoun - you could replace it with a relative pronoun, but you would have to add a preposition before the pronoun.


Thanks for the reply. Could we call where, when, and why relative adverbs?
And, are they always redundant?

For example:

Which would you commonly use and why?

the day on which we met was...
the day when we met was...
the day we met was...
the place at which we met was...
the place where we met was...
the place we met was...
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