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Question for Native Speakers of English

I'm interested in whether the following questions sound all right.

Question 1

Context: You're driving with your family, and you happen to drive right past the place where you used to live.

Your sibling notices and asks, "Didn't we used to live where we just drove past?"

Question 2

Context: You and your friends notice that a police car has just stopped at the place where you think one of your friends lives.

One of your friends turns to you and asks, "Doesn't Sasha live where that police car just stopped at?"


If these sound all right, please let me know. If these don't sound all right, or would sound much better with some extremely minimal change, please let me know that instead.

::insert much academic gratitude here::

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puzzlement
Oct. 18th, 2004 04:14 am (UTC)
You need to run this through the "also a linguist, so my intuitions are shot" test.

"Didn't we used to live where we just drove past?" is... okay-ish. (For me, this means I can't imagine saying it, but I'd answer it.) Insert 'at' : "Didn't we used to live at where we just drove past?" is better.

"Doesn't Sasha live where that police car just stopped at?" Again okay-ish. Remove 'at' for a nicer version.
jalenstrix
Oct. 18th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
"Didn't we used to live at where we just drove past?"

Wow - you're happy saying "at where"? That's two people now who have recommended putting the "at" in front of the "where". I'm really surprised, because that's the one thing I haven't saturated on - "at where" always and forever sounds hideous to me.

Would you mind telling me what area you're from? (I'm thinking maybe it's a dialect thing.)
puzzlement
Oct. 18th, 2004 06:17 am (UTC)
I'm Australian, I grew up in rural New South Wales and have lived in Sydney for seven years.

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