One-Point English Lesson: Where or Which?

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You can use both which or where to describe a place. Some of my students have asked how to use these words, so lets have a look today!

Use which after a place to describe the location of that place, like this:

  • Times Square, which is in New York City, is a popular tourist attraction.
  • San Matteo, which is uptown, is my favorite pizzeria.
  • Jack’s house, which is next to mine, has a beautiful garden.

Use where after a place to describe what happens at that place, like this:

  • Times Square, where many tourists go, is a fun place to visit.
  • San Matteo, where you can get amazing pizza, is always crowded.
  • Jack’s house, where I met Jane for the first time, is located in Westchester County.

Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

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  1. ‘Which’ can be used not only to describe where something is….but what it has. ‘Jack’s house, which has a garden, is next to mine. Also….teach them how the sentence changes when there are no commas….’The house which is next to mine has a garden.’ (The house next to mine is the only one which has a garden). I’ve been teaching relative clauses to one of my classes.

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    1. Thank you, Michael. I try hard. I’ve just spent the last two hours using Stumble Upon to find ESL sites. I put in their search box: esl

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