Is the sentence "This is the place where I recommend to you" incorrect?



A person says that the sentence "this is the place where I recommend to you" isn't correct but "this is the place which I recommend to you" is correct.

Is this right?

Yuuichi Tam

Posted 2016-03-06T06:11:59.390

Reputation: 2 263



Yes, that person is right. The first sentence might be fixed this way, if we wanted to retain 'where':

This is the place where I recommend having your lunch.

I googled around, and the matter seems to be with the grammatical role of "where". In your example, it seems to work as an adverb.

The word "which" works as a relative pronoun referring to "the place".

I recommend to you (what? which place?) this place. [OKAY]
I recommend to you (where?) this place. [WRONG]
I recommend having your lunch (where?) in this place. [OKAY]

P.S. "Where" is classified as part of the so-called "WH-adverbs":

A special subclass of adverbs includes a set of words beginning with wh-. The most common are when, where, and why, though the set also includes whence, whereby, wherein, and whereupon. To this set we add the word how, and we refer to the whole set as WH-ADVERBS. (The Internet Grammar of English)

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P.S. I was advised to change my answer, because the verb "recommend" has some nuances of usage:

Be Careful!
Don't say that you 'recommend someone' a particular action. Don't say, for example, 'I recommend you a visit to Paris'. Say 'I recommend a visit to Paris', 'I recommend visiting Paris', or 'I recommend that you visit Paris'. (FreeDictionary)

Maybe a native speaker will post an add-on answer explaining the best way to use 'recommend' in your sentence.


Posted 2016-03-06T06:11:59.390

Reputation: 36 949

@YuuichiTam - you're welcome! – CowperKettle – 2016-03-06T06:42:31.937


It may be better to just omit the "which" since it is unnecessary so your sentence remains simpler:

This is the place I recommend to you.


Posted 2016-03-06T06:11:59.390

Reputation: 132

When can I omit which as unnecessary and when I can not ? What is the rule here plz? – Gamal Thomas – 2016-03-06T06:36:03.703

Consider: You went to the place which is far. This sentence requires which or it'll sound awkward. – Aziz – 2016-03-06T06:43:36.053