The ABC hotel, ______(a relative adverb/pronoun) Felix had suggested to me, was really a nice place to stay.

I wonder if both "where" and "which" are correct here. In my opinion, both "where" and "which" are suitable because the hotel can be seen as both "a place that Felix recommended" (since the hotel is later referred as "a good place") and "an option that Felix recommended".

However, the correct answer in a test is "which". Can anyone help me?

  • You are confusing suggest with propose. What you say is absolutely true of the latter. But absolutely not of the former.
    – RegDwigнt
    Jun 30, 2020 at 13:19
  • Interestingly, I think that 'where Felix had suggested [staying]', would be unremarkable in casual speech. But 'Felix had suggested the ABC Hotel' really strongly advocates for 'The ABC Hotel, [the one] which Felix ...'. Stick with the incontestably correct answer for exams. Jun 30, 2020 at 13:20
  • @user9989615 An important question for you: did you really intend to mark off the relative clause with commas, thus making it a non-defining one?
    – BillJ
    Jun 30, 2020 at 16:30
  • @BillJ Yes, it should be a non-defining one. Thanks. Jul 1, 2020 at 14:09

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I wonder if both "where" and "which" is are correct here.

No. Where is only an adverb. "Where" equates to "in which [place]" or "at which [place]" both of which are prepositional modifiers.

Only which is correct.

In this context, "which" is a relative pronoun and the direct object of "suggested".

Compare, "I stayed at the Ritz, where (at which place) John had booked me a room." Here, "where" acts as a conjunctive adverb.


The ABC hotel, which Felix had suggested __ to me, was really a nice place to stay.

Of the choices given, only "which" is possible.

The gap notation '__' represents the covert presence of the relative word, which here is required to have a noun phrase as antecedent: "Felix had suggested the ABC hotel to me".

"Where" won't work because it functions as an adjunct of place in a relative clause, typically meaning "in/at some place". But it would make no sense to say *"Felix had suggested in/at the ABC hotel to me".

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