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Which one is grammatical? Or is this a question of style?

  • In a time when someone else is sent to clean up our mess.
  • In a time where someone else is sent to clean up our mess.
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Welcome to ELU! What did you find when you looked up when and where? And what is unclear about how they are used? Without giving that information in your question, this is categorically General Reference, I'm afraid. (Have you seen How to ask? It's a bit buried and hard to find.) –  Andrew Leach Sep 14 '12 at 7:06
    
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closed as off topic by tchrist, Barrie England, Andrew Leach, J.R., MετάEd Sep 15 '12 at 5:45

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in terms of the concepts of 'time' and 'space', 'when' refers to 'time' and 'where' refers to 'space' so 'in a time when someone else is sent to clean up our mess' would be more correct in this context.

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