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Is the use of where in sentence below Correct. Pls advise.

'The software is ideal for powering websites WHERE customers need to complete online forms'.


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Is the use of where in sentence below Correct. Pls advise.

'The software is ideal for powering websites WHERE customers need to complete online forms'.


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In gmat where is used for a particular location. Better usage will be 'in which' in this sentence.

'The software is ideal for powering websites in which customers need to complete online forms.

Correct:

the [town/house/planet/river/backyard/opera house] where such-and-such happens


Incorrect:
the [situation/illness/life stage/philosophical movement/novel] where such-and-such happens

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I agree. But in order to really make a decision, we'd need to see the splits in the problem. For instance, if some answer choices used 'in which' and others used 'where', I'd always choose 'in which', since a website isn't technically a place. However, if all of the answer choices used 'where', you'd be stuck with that. That might happen, because even though a website isn't technically a place, it's sort of similar to a location (things can be located 'on' or 'in' a website.)
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ccooley wrote:
I agree. But in order to really make a decision, we'd need to see the splits in the problem. For instance, if some answer choices used 'in which' and others used 'where', I'd always choose 'in which', since a website isn't technically a place. However, if all of the answer choices used 'where', you'd be stuck with that. That might happen, because even though a website isn't technically a place, it's sort of similar to a location (things can be located 'on' or 'in' a website.)


I agree, cos this sentence I quoted from WSJ.
Yes, 'in which' would be preferable here but if all the choices have 'where' then we have to select the best one.


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