"what is this place?" Vs "where is this place?"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Sue4, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Sue4 New Member

    What is the difference between "what is this place?" and "where is this place?". If I have seen some of my friends in a photo, can I ask "where is this place?" ?
  2. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum, Sue:)
    The question What is this place? will get answers like "It's a supermarket", "It's a temple", etc.
    The question Where is this place? will get answers like "It's the Bullring shopping-centre in Birmingham", "It's the Church of St Giles in Winchester", etc.

    So you can ask either question, depending on what (or how much detail) you want to know.
  3. Sue4 New Member

    Thanks a lot ewie :). Your answer is really helpful.

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