"the folder where you put your files"

Albert Schlef

Senior Member
Hebrew
I know the following sentence is grammatically correct:

(1) "The folder in which you're supposed to put your files doesn't exist."

But this syntax is too formal for my text. I wonder if the following two sentences are considered acceptable:

(2) "The folder where you're supposed to put your files doesn't exist."
(3) "The folder where you're supposed to put your files in doesn't exist."

Are they, or one of them, considered acceptable?
 
  • RedwoodGrove

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    You are asking for something that is informal but acceptable, which are somewhat contradictions in terms.

    (3) "The folder where you're supposed to put your files in doesn't exist."

    This works but I would mark it as wrong on a student's paper.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    "The folder you're supposed to put your files in doesn't exist" is informal and correct.

    Your (2) is OK, though it doesn't mention that the files are supposed to go "in" the folder
     
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