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How To Use " In Which"

How To Use " In Which"

Date: Sep 22 2007

Topic: Grammar

Author: somaliland

Lesson

Using “...in which…” in a sentence is one of the more confusing aspects of writing. It is correctly used in more formal writing. In certain situations not using it will be appropriate for an informal document. To determine whether to use “in which,” you need to consider your writing situation. Does your audience expect strict formal grammar? Is this an informal writing situation? First let’s define what parts of speech the phrase “in which” consists of. “In which” is a combination of a preposition (in) and a relative pronoun (which). You can use “in which” as a precise way to introduce a relative clause after a noun that refers to a place or to a time. For example instead of saying
In my laboratory there is a blue cabinet where old equipment is stored.
You can say
In my laboratory there is a blue cabinet in which old equipment is stored.
Or instead of saying
The man sat at the computer where his old accounting files were stored. (place)
It was a time when the old were revered as sages. (time)
You can say
The man sat at the computer in which his old accounting files were stored.
It was a time in which the old were revered as sages. (time)

Use “in which” to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition, especially in more formal writing. Ending a sentence with a preposition has become more accepted in some formal writing situations, but you will need to refer to your analysis of your audience’s expectations.
For example
This is the computer that the virus was discovered in. (Informal)
You can change it to
This is the computer in which the virus was discovered. (Formal)
   

 

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pe bom

Viet Nam

thanks!

09:27 AM May 14 2010 |

RKA

RKA

Afghanistan

which is an information question. we use it for persons or things in the questions.

Ex: which car do you like to drive?

which teacher do you like to study with?

09:28 AM Jul 25 2008 |

RKA

RKA

Afghanistan

which is an information question word. we use it for person or things in questions.

Ex:  which car do you like to drive? I like the red one.

which teacher do you like to study with?  I like to study with Ahmad Jawad.

09:17 AM Jul 25 2008 |

STAR'B

China

It's a very good explanation.

01:01 AM Jun 29 2008 |

taoufiknet

taoufiknet

Morocco

thanks a lot brother!

01:08 PM Mar 06 2008 |

mdkabir74

Bangladesh

Where & That Replace in which

11:14 PM Feb 26 2008 |

jackxzs

jackxzs

United States

good but poorly organized.

 

04:16 PM Jan 22 2008 |

JASOoOM

JASOoOM

Saudi Arabia

GREAT LESSON

11:41 AM Jan 22 2008 |

mation

China

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08:29 AM Jan 22 2008 |

ashokku

India

it was helpful

 

06:53 AM Jan 22 2008 |

kentkewt

kentkewt

Philippines

okay this may be very useful in my ielts exam.thanks for posting

 

06:06 AM Jan 22 2008 |

mdkabir74

Bangladesh

yes I am Use "In Which"

03:00 AM Jan 22 2008 |

Retaj

Retaj

Saudi Arabia

GOOD LESSON…...

THANKS  SOMALILANDWink

12:38 AM Jan 22 2008 |

lenney

lenney

China

learn

12:11 AM Jan 22 2008 |

andrea1217

China

Don't understand!111

 

11:20 PM Jan 21 2008 |

andrea1217

China

Don't understand!111

 

11:20 PM Jan 21 2008 |

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