My friend wants to share some sugar with me. I need a container for it. What should I say in the following situations?

  1. I'll go and look for something to put it in.
  2. I'll go and look for something that/what/where I can put it in.

If I'm trying to cut the butter can I say:

  1. I'm looking for something to cut the butter.
  2. I'm looking for something to cut the butter with.
  3. I'm looking for something that/what/which I can cut the butter with.
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    Sugar: 1. Yes 2. Yes, (that). Butter: 1. Yes (hmmm...) 2. Yes (better) 3. Yes (that). – Michael Harvey Oct 24 '20 at 9:04
  • I would go with butter 1=best and 2=ok. The final "with" being unnecessary. All the butter 3 options are long winded. You could say "I'm looking for something with which I can cut the butter". – AdrianHHH Oct 24 '20 at 10:13
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    @AdrianHHH The 'with which' version is formally correct, but would sound a bit high-falutin for everyday conversation! – Kate Bunting Oct 24 '20 at 10:39
  • @KateBunting agreed, hence I wrote 1=best plus I wanted to say more about the 3. – AdrianHHH Oct 24 '20 at 10:47
  • In butter situation is option 3 grammatically correct? – Vova Oct 24 '20 at 15:52

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