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As far as I'm concerned, the word “where” is redundant in certain cases.

I'm not sure when exactly it's redundant, though.

E.g., This is the place where I live.

Is it okay to say, “This is the place I live”?

And are there any other cases wherein that word would be considered redundant—just like “that” in the sentence, “He said that he lives there”?

  • As far as I know, "place" (and words/phrases ending in "place") is special, and is the only noun for which you can do this. See my answer here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/432219/… – sumelic May 18 '18 at 17:43
  • The relativized item is omissible except when it functions as subject of a relative clause. "Where" functions as an adjunct of place in the relative clause, so it is normally optional. – BillJ May 18 '18 at 18:03
  • @BillJ: I don't think that last comment is true: "where" is not optional in a phrase like "the town where I grew up" (we can't say "*the town I grew up"--but it seems many people avoid the use of "where" here by saying instead "the town I grew up in"). – sumelic May 18 '18 at 18:09
  • @sumelic Well, similar examples like "A place you can relax" are attested. One place where it is obligatory is where it is object of a prep in a relative phrase, as in "I climbed to the top of the hill from where I could look down over the whole town". – BillJ May 18 '18 at 18:20
  • @BillJ: Yes, but as I said in my comment, "place" is a special word (according to Richard K. Larson (1987); see my linked answer for more details). It (or a noun or phrase with "place" as the head) can be used as a "bare-NP adverb" (Larson gives the example "You have lived someplace warm and sunny") while other nouns like "city" require a preposition in this context ("You have lived in a warm and sunny city"). – sumelic May 18 '18 at 18:21

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