Where

wjddms

Senior Member
S.Korea. Korean
Hello,

I 'd like to have your advice on the function of "where" in this sentence.

It could be a relative or a conjuction
Source: Esio Trot(by Roald Dahl)

"I worked in North Africa once. That's where all these tortoises in England come from."

Thanks for your attention in advance.:)
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    It's a relative adverb, but also a fused head. That is, unlike most relative markers, it hasn't got an antecedent. It's equivalent to this:

    That's the place where all these tortoises in England come from.

    In your sentence, the word 'where' has the function of the antecedent 'the place' as well as the relative function of 'where': hence the term 'fused head'. Most wh-words can be fused heads (What I want is a sandwich. That's what I want.).
     

    wjddms

    Senior Member
    S.Korea. Korean
    Thank you all for the kind and detailed explanation. It helps me a lot. Thanks again:)
     
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