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Please help me with the following question. Thank you very much!
His first success came with the Montgomery Bus Boycott, in which he led people to fight against the city's segregated bus policy.
In the above sentence, I would like to know if I can replace "in which" with "where". Thank you very much!
Yes of course you can. The Montgomery Bus Boycott is unlikely to
have taken in any other city, so the two phrases are synonyms.
One of them, however, is ungrammatical in a grammar of Formal Standard
English. A locative cannot resume an event, only a location.
I don't think Formal Standard English is a thing - that is,
no such standard exists.
It's what Chomsky describes. (Among others.) David Stampe's "natural
phonology," which dealt with English as she is spoke, unfortunately
I think AUE proves - daily - that there is no STANDARD
English - formal or otherwise.
Then what is it that Chomsky (and others) assign(s) structures to? What
is it that prescriptivists prescribe?
I doubt that Chomsky's linguistic competence and the
prescriptivists' ideal have much in common apart from
both being unicorns.
That is, they refer to non-existent entities.
One could say there was a lot of that going around.
Such existence as these things have is as little
nuggets in their imaginer's heads.
Computer science abounds in real standards. I am, for
my sins, very familiar with the standard for the C
computer language. Nothing - not even 1000 page
grammars - like that exist for natural language.