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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::


Oct. 21st, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
"Didn't we used to live where we just drove past?"

For me, the use of 'where' feels odd in this sentence. If I were the speaker and I wanted all of those pieces in the sentence, I would probably say "Didn't we used to live at the house/building/whatever we just drove past?".

"Doesn't Sasha live where that police car just stopped at?"

The use of 'where' in this sentence seems to be much easier to accept, though the 'at' seems to be unneeded and/or redundant.

If only allowed minimal changes, I would simply drop the 'at'.

With more changes allowed, even if I were speaking quickly, I would probably say "Doesn't Sasha live at the house where that police car just stopped?".

Without helping your structure study, I would most likely say, "Did you see where the polic car stopped? Doesn't Sasha live there?". :P

I know there is a reason for my feelings on the word 'where', but I'm not sure what the reason is and I'm not sure if it's a good reason! *grin*
Oct. 25th, 2004 02:01 pm (UTC)
[grin] All reasons are good reasons, provided you're not saying, "This sounds odd and awful - it must be grammatical! I'll call it perfect!" (I actually get this far more often than one would think.)


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