Why is "from where" instead of "from which" here? Can you help me with that? "After the water has passed through the turbines, it continues its journey through a pipe called tailrace, from where it is then released back into the river on the opposite side of the dam" I guess it should be "from which" in a non-restrictive attributive clause
Mar 23, 2023 12:37 PM
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Because it's just the place where it comes from - it's not distinguishing between different pipes. It answers the question: Where is the water released back into the river from? Not: Which pipe does it come from.
Mar 23, 2023 3:06 PM
I feel that "from where" is slightly incorrect and that "from which" is better. But it depends on whether a pipe feels like a "thing" or a "place." If it's a thing, we would say "which," if it's a place, we would say "where." We could complicate the question further by asking if we could say "from whence!"
Mar 24, 2023 1:26 AM
"From which" is completely correct and is the superior choice. An explicit choice is not required in order to use "which". Other examples: "That is a book from which I have learned a lot." "That is a city in which many crimes occur." ("where" can also be used)
Mar 23, 2023 4:59 PM
I agree with you actually. But I don't think "from where" is incorrect. I think both are acceptable, but I slightly prefer "from which".
Mar 23, 2023 1:04 PM
"From where" is the correct choice and not "from which" because it is talking about a place here. Which is used to either distinguish between two things or as a pronoun. Neither are applicable here.
Mar 24, 2023 2:29 PM
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