there are nice big desks where I can work

lilyyang tw Taiwan

A: Where do you do your homework?

B: I go to the library on campus. I like it because it's very quiet, and there are nice big desks where I can work.

Question: Is it okay to use "that" to replace "where"?

So the sentence would be like, there are nice big desks that I can work.

Thank you very much!

January 11 at 10:50
  • jungleboy pt Portugal

    No. If you make it 'that I can work on/at', then it's OK. But 'that' by itself doesn't work.

    January 11 at 12:55
  • jambro us United States

    No. "That" does not replace "where". You could say .." there are nice big desks that look like a good place to work" or ... "there are nice big desks on/upon which I can work." What sounds the best is the original phrase, "where I can work."

    January 11 at 13:48
  • khardy us United States

    "desks that I can work" make "work" transitive on the object "desks". I.e., you do some kind of work directed at the desks themselves. Exactly what that would mean, I don't know, but that's what comes from the grammar. So it's not what you want to say in this example. Other examples of this construct:

    There are many big jobs that I work.

    There are nice big planes that I fly.

    There are nice big cookies that I eat.

    January 11 at 16:06