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English definition of “where”

where

adverb, conjunction     /weər/ US  /wer/
A1 to, at, or in what place: Where does he live? "I put it on your desk." "Where? I can't see it?" Where are we going? Now where did I put my glasses? Where's the party being held? Could you tell me where Barker Drive is please? Where did you put my umbrella? I've left my keys somewhere and I don't know where. You've found my diary - where on Earth was it? I've been meaning to ask you where you get your hair cut. Bradford, where Bren comes from, has a lot of good curry restaurants. She lived in Rome for a couple of years, where she taught English. You see where Mira is standing? Well, he's behind her. I like to have him next to me where I can keep an eye on him. I read it somewhere - I don't know where (= in which book, newspaper, etc.).Question words and expressions B2 used when referring to a particular stage in a process or activity: You reach a point in any project where you just want to get the thing finished. I've reached the stage where I just don't care any more.Relative forms in what situation: You're not available on the 12th and Andrew can't make the 20th - so where does that leave us? Where do you see yourself five years from now?Question words and expressions Grammar:Relative pronouns: when, where and whyIn informal language, we often use where, when or why to introduce defining relative clauses instead of at which, on which or for which.See moreGrammar:WhereWhere is a wh-word. We use where to ask questions, as a conjunction and to introduce relative clauses.See moreGrammar:Where as a question wordWe can use where to ask for information about place:See moreGrammar:Emphatic questions with wherever and where on earthWe can ask emphatic questions using wherever or where on earth to express shock or surprise. We stress ever and earth:See moreGrammar:Where as a conjunctionWe use where as a conjunction meaning ‘in the place that’ or ‘in situations that’. The clause with where is a subordinate clause and needs a main clause to complete its meaning. If the where clause comes before the main clause, we use a comma:See moreGrammar:Where as a relative pronounWe can use where as a relative pronoun:See more
(Definition of where adverbconjunction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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