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The question found here triggered a question in my mind. Lately I've been noticing how people tend to use the word where in a way which to me seems inapt. Some examples:
Anorexia is a condition where a person, usually a young female, has such a poor body image that she virtually starves herself to death.
A phobia is where you have a fear of, say, clowns, and this fear seemingly has no rational basis.
The abused dog suffered from hypothermia, a condition where the body's core temperature drops to a near-fatal level.
Wouldn't the words in which (or when, in the case of the hypothermic dog) be a better fit than where in the first and third examples?
Anorexia is a condition in which a person . . ..
The abused dog suffered from hypothermia, a condition in which . . .. Or, The abused dog suffered from hypothermia, a condition when . . ..
Wouldn't the word when, or the words a condition in which, be a better fit than where in the second example?
- A phobia is when . . .. Or, A phobia is a condition in which . . ..
I'm not suggesting my substitutions are necessarily the best or that they exhaust the number of possibilities, but isn't the use of the word where inapt in my examples? If so, why? If not, why not?