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Autor:  Tiago T.
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Data:  21/SET/2009 11:43 PM
Assunto:  which/when
 
Mensagem:  Henry,

What you're really trying to do is join the following sentences:

1) My childhood were happy days.

2) In those days, I had no worries.


To do that, you need a relative pronoun, which introduces a relative clause within a larger sentence. In English, the most common relative pronouns are: who, that, which, whom and whose.


The pronoun when is not frequently used as a relative pronoun, but it should be fine in informal situations. The sentence "My childhood were happy days when I had no worries" looks OK to me, but is not the best choice in formal situations.


The formal alternative for when is the expression on which, which introduces a relative clause after a noun that refers to time. For this reason, I think the best sentence (according to traditional grammar) would be the following:


My childhood were happy days on which I had no worries.


I hope that helps,

Tiago


Reference:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv286.shtml


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which/when  –  Henry  21/SET/2009, 11:05 AM
which/when  –  Deivis  21/SET/2009, 6:19 PM
which/when  –  Ecco  21/SET/2009, 8:17 PM
which/when  –  CR  21/SET/2009, 9:02 PM
 which/when  –  Tiago T.  21/SET/2009, 11:43 PM
which/when  –  Tiago T.  21/SET/2009, 11:46 PM

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