I bought noodles from the Chinese restaurant.

The restaurant is near my wife's company.

My son wanted to eat noodles this morning and asked where the noddles bought from.

"The noodles were bought from a Chinese restaurant where near mummy's company."

"They's were bought from restaurant near mummy's company"

Between noun and noun, is "where" neccessarily to add in?

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    Not They's, but They - They were bought from a restaurant near mummy's company. Sep 25, 2017 at 12:42
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    Also, don't forget that restaurant is a countable noun, and therefore always has to have a determiner, like the restaurant near mummy's company, or a restaurant near mummy's company.
    – stangdon
    Sep 25, 2017 at 14:03
  • Rather than just ask, it would be better if you tell us why you wanted to insert "where" into your example.
    – user3169
    Sep 25, 2017 at 19:57
  • You could use "The noodles were bought from a Chinese restaurant. Where? Near mummy's company." as a dialog. But not in one sentence.
    – user3169
    Sep 25, 2017 at 19:58

1 Answer 1


It would not be "where near" but "near where mummy works" or "near where mummy's company is located" or "near mummy's company".

where heads a clause that requires subject and verb.

The guide took them where the fish were plentiful.

I left the car where mummy works.

The restaurant is near where mummy's company is (located).

The restaurant is near {a place}.

The restaurant is near {mummy's office}.

The restaurant is near {where mummy works}.

There are times when it may appear as though the where-clause lacks subject and verb, but these cases can be understood as a form of ellipsis:

The guide told them that bow-fishing was possible, but only where permissible.

There, it is as though the words [it is] have been dropped: "where it is permissible".

"where permissible" is actually a clause with an implied subject and verb.

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