The context: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyNYkQvqK48&feature=youtu.be&t=11m42s

The sentence: "The door only seemed to be open during fire drills in which just about every door in the buildings opens. "

I think the "in which" means "where", can someone tell me if that's correct?

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    I stand corrected. I could have sworn I saw the same question asked yesterday, and a search on 'fire drills' produced two results (one for Andrew's answer). – Kate Bunting Nov 3 '18 at 9:27
  • First, let's place "only" close to what it modifies: The door seemed to be open only during fire drills, during which just about every door in the buildings opens. No, I don't care for "during" in two places in close proximity; but I'm illustrating the meaning of the sentence. "When" or "at which time" can be substituted for "during which." – Les Tivers Nov 3 '18 at 9:54
  • @KateBunting You remember correctly. Apparently the first question has been deleted (along with my comment on it). – michael.hor257k Nov 3 '18 at 10:26
  • @KateBunting I had exactly the same impression. I could swear this is actually the third time I've seen this question. – Jason Bassford Nov 3 '18 at 15:56
  • The question was originally posted as english.stackexchange.com/questions/471035. Since the asker has now withdrawn the question twice (the second time by vandalizing), and the question as it stands is a request for proofreading with no research effort shown, I think it can just be deleted. – MetaEd Nov 26 '18 at 22:17

It means "when". When fire drills take place, almost every door in the building opens.

  • Would you see a difference between having a comma after fire drills and not having one? Perhaps with a comma just about all fire doors being open during all drills, while without a comma there only some drills which lead to all just about all fire doors being open (including this one). Listening to the clip, there may be enough of a pause to suggest a comma. – Henry Nov 3 '18 at 9:39

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