Rather than deciding which which to use while describing witches which live in Greenwich, you might try a few of these relative adverbs. It'll make things a lot less confusing, trust us.
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For example, telling your friends, “The city in which I was born is called New York”
feels a little too fancy-pants for cafeteria talk, doesn't it? [Friend looks confused]
Back in the day, it was normal to go around using the word “which” all the time. [Witch looks shocked]
It would be perfectly acceptable to say “The farm in which Isaac Newton lived was called
Woolsthorpe Manor” and “The reason for which Isaac Newton was relatively rich was
that his family owned many sheep.”
Nowadays, someone speaking that way would come across as pretentious – and not just [Woman looks unimpressed and sheep walk around in the background]
because they’re spewing facts about Isaac Newton for no reason.
Here’s where relative adverbs come in. [Coop pointing at a blackboard]
Relative adverbs are the words “where, when and why” when used to join sentences or
clauses… and their entire reason for being is basically to replace the super formal “preposition [Dino pointing at a blackboard]
plus which” that we used to use all the time.
By “preposition plus which”, we mean phrases like “in which”, “on which”, “for
which” “sandwich,” and so on. [Sandwich is crossed off the list]
So let's get back to our posh Isaac Newton fact-spouter.
Instead of saying “The farm in which Isaac Newton lived was called Woolsthorpe Manor,”
they could simply say “The farm where Isaac Newton lived was called Woolsthorpe Manor.” [The sentence being written out]
Instead of saying “The reason for which Isaac Newton was relatively rich was that
his family owned many sheep,” they could simply say, “The reason why Isaac Newton
was relatively rich was that his family owned many sheep.”
And instead of saying “The city in which I was born is called New York,” you could [Girl talking to her friends]
simply say “The city where I was born is called New York.” Definitely sounds a lot
more normal, right?
Still it's some odd lunchtime conversation, but who are we to judge? [Witch walks up to the table]