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Hi teachers


I have a couple of questions today.

First, I wonder which sentence is between the two.


1. James is someone funny to talk about music.

2. James is some funny to talk about music with.


Also, I wonder why relarive adverb 'where' is used instead of relative pronoun 'which' in the sentence below.


3. Tell me about the village where you came from.


As always,

many thanks to the native speakers of English who are always helpful and kind to English learners.

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Michelle ChaFirst, I wonder which sentence is between the two.

Neither one makes sense.

Michelle ChaAlso, I wonder why relarive adverb 'where' is used instead of relative pronoun 'which' in the sentence below.

I would use "that" if anything. "Where" is close to being wrong; it is at the very least unnecessary: "Tell me about the village you came from."

Michelle Cha

1. James is someone funny to talk about music.

2. James is someone funny to talk about music with.

The second one is better, but neither is native English.

A bit less awkward:

James is [funny/fun/amusing] to talk [to/with] about music.

Even better (but it probably doesn't contain the grammatical structure you're interested in):

It's fun to talk to James about music.

CJ

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Michelle Cha'where' ... instead of ... 'which'
3. Tell me about the village where you came from.

'where' is also a relative pronoun, and it can be used after a noun that refers to a place, e.g., place where, point where, area where, spot where, country where, region where, house where, bank where, park where, road where, ...

There are also a few nouns that are not places which can take the relative pronoun 'where', e.g., case where, instance where, situation where, conditions where, circumstances where, time where, ...

CJ

Thank you for the answer.


Then are the both #1 and #2 grammatical?

1. This is a house which I visited last week.

2. This is a house where I visited last week.


Also, is #4 grammatical and # 3 ungrammatical?

3. I wonder about a country where he is from

4. I wonder about a country which he is from.


Many thanks in advance 😀

Michelle Cha

Then are the both #1 and #2 grammatical?

1. This is a the house which I visited last week.

2. This is a the house where I visited last week.

1 is much better. I would not use 2. In fact 'that' or nothing at all is even better.

the house that I visited
the house I visited

The use of 'where' is better when it's an adjunct in the relative clause, and not an object of a verb, e.g., This is the house where I lost my keys. Not This is the house where they built/visited. (built the house; visited the house)

Michelle Cha

Also, is #4 grammatical and # 3 ungrammatical?

3. I wonder about a the country where he is from.

4. I wonder about a the country which he is from.

Both are OK. Again 'that' or nothing at all is better.

about the country that he is from
about the country he is from

CJ

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