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Hi ..Its written in one of my grammar books ; WHERE is used to refer to place ,usually after nouns like place ,HOUSE ,street ,town and country ... Well ,I know this but sometimes ' Which ' is used for the same purpose like the following :

That's the house WHICH Lee Lewis bought for £ 2 million .Doesn't the word 'house ' refer to a place in this sentence ? Is it wrong to say :

That' s the house WHERE Lee Lewis bought for ... Could you please explain the difference ? Thanks in advance Emotion: smile
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Hi,

Its written in one of my grammar books ; WHERE is used to refer to place ,usually after nouns like place ,HOUSE ,street ,town and country ... Well ,I know this (Yes, but you have a misunderstanding that I will try to explain later in this post) but sometimes ' Which ' is used for the same purpose like the following :

That's the house WHICH Lee Lewis bought for £ 2 million .Doesn't the word 'house ' refer to a place in this sentence ? Is it wrong to say : That' s the house WHERE Lee Lewis bought for ... Yes, it's wrong, for the reasons that I explain below.

Let's look at your first example. You could say it as two sentences.

That's the house. Lee Lewis bought the house for $2 million.

'Which' is a relative pronoun. It replaces the word 'house' as the object of 'bought'. At the same time, it 'relates' the second part to the first part, allowing you to join them into one sentence.

'Where' has the meaning of 'at which' or 'in which'. eg

This is the house where he lives.

This is the house in which he lives.

You can't say That' s the house WHERE Lee Lewis bought for ... because you can't say That's the house IN WHICH Lee Lewis bought for ...

Best wishes, Clive

PS I see now that all the previous replies were posted while I was writing this. Emotion: smile
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That's the house WHICH Lee Lewis bought for £ 2 million which = house (object, thing)

That' s the house WHERE Lee Lewis bought incorrect
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But I think it' s ok ,if the sentence would be like the following :

That' s the house where Lee Lewis lives .... ??
That' s the house where Lee Lewis lives .... ??

Yes, it is the meaning of the verb, not the syntax, that determines here whether the pronoun, where, is used correctly.
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Sorry Clive, your thread was posted before mine which was not meant to reflect your comment but the earlier one; so that it's not mistaken.Emotion: smile

Not entirely correct...

[Where] can be used for [house] as well as structures and places.. Again context, context!

Consider this: This is the house where many ghost sightings were reported.



This is the chapel where John and Sue got married.

But for the posted question [which] is correct.