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Thread: where or when

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    where or when

    ... After all we live in interesting times when/where the indisputably “safe” deposits can disappear into thin air and “too big to fail” financial mammoths can go bankrupt.

    Which is the correct
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    You refer specificly to time by saying "live in interesting times", therefore you must use "when" in the subordinate clause.
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    Either can be used, and no one will question either. "When" offers a more logical correctness, yes, but sadly "where" is probably what a native speaker would use, since "where" is much more commonly used to relate situations, like that. When in use like that, "Where" loses most of its locational meaning in our minds and just takes on a relating role.
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