whence, whither

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stephenlearner

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Chinese
Hi,

These sentences are from Treasure Island. "The hamlet lay not hundred yards away though out of view, on the other side of the next cove; and what greatly encouraged me, it was in an opposite from that whence the blind man had made his appearance, and whither he had presumably returned."

Are the words "whence" and "whither" archaic now? In the sentences above, can I change "that whence" and "whither" to "where"?

Thank you.
 
  • boozer

    Senior Member
    Bulgarian
    Yes, they are archaic, especially 'whither'.

    If you are going to change, words, bear in mind that:
    whence - from where
    whither - to where
     

    natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    ... it was in an opposite from the place from which the blind man had made his appearance, and to which he had presumably returned.
     
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