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A narrative essay is a nonfiction composition --------- the writer explores the subject by telling a story."

A)in which B) which C)where D)that E) whose

what do you think is the answer?
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I'll choose A and C. I think both would be a right answer.

paco
thank you paco. it was asked in a national exam therefore one of them should have a priority over the other. but what I wonder is why a native speaker does not answer this question.
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I agree with Paco, but I would only use in which myself, as i believe that it sounds more natural.... but then again, I am not a native English speaker.

Jay
My answer would be A.
I tend to use "where" for situations. A composition is not a situation. Maybe that explains my choice. ???

CJ
To me, "a story where …" sounds as natural as "a story in which". Is "nonfiction composition" categorically different from "story"?

paco
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CalifJimMy answer would be A.
I tend to use "where" for situations. A composition is not a situation. Maybe that explains my choice. ???

CJ

Can you give examples?
Paco2004To me, "a story where …" sounds as natural as "a story in which". Is "nonfiction composition" categorically different from "story"?

paco
I'm not a native speaker either, but I kind of agree with Paco. I myself would choose A, but I must remark that I've seen that both constructions are used by native speakers. This is not to say, of course, that both are grammatically correct, but just that both are commonly used.

Cheers,

Sextus
Can you give examples?
No. That was the point of the "maybe" and the question marks.
Here's another "maybe":
Maybe it's just that the original sounds like a statement of a definition, and in that context "where" sounds too informal to me. We'd never see "where" used that way in a definition in a dictionary, for example.
(Now watch carefully while Paco finds one!!! Emotion: smile )
CJ
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