where/in which/that

JungKim

Senior Member
Korean
It's from a book titled "Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives":
Libraries are teaming up with one another to acquire books for just-in-time delivery to patrons, rather than maintaining the old system of each library having its own copy of each book on the shelf. We are witnessing the Amazonification of the libraries.
If we're to rewrite the boldfaced portion, are these all possible?
(1) the old system where each library has its own copy of each book on the shelf
(2) the old system in which each library has its own copy of each book on the shelf
(3) the old system that each library has its own copy of each book on the shelf

I think (1) and (2) are okay and that (3) is not possible. Am I right?
 
  • Beryl from Northallerton

    Senior Member
    British English
    (1) is, in my view, far and away the best. (3) doesn't work for me at all, and I'm not much enamoured of (2).

    These also work:

    (4) the old system where each library had its own copy of each book on the shelf
    (5) the old system in which each library had its own copy of each book on the shelf

    Strangely, (5) seems considerably better than (2).
     
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