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Topic: Can "when and where" be used as relative pronouns?
Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 1:15:34 AM
I suppose most members have read COMPLETE ENGLISH GRAMMAR RULES in this website.

In "Relative Pronouns," the author writes, "When and where are also used as relative pronouns, especially in less formal writing and conversation. They are always used in restrictive relative clauses."
There is an example, “The town where she lives is only an hour away.”

However, in "Relative Adverbs," the author mentions "when and where" are relative adverbs. There is another example, "The house where I was born is a very special place.”

The two examples are grammatically same in my eyes. I will really appreciate it if anybody can tell me when "where" is a relative pronoun and when it is a relative adverb.