in this following sentence, what does the word ''where'' mean? How should I take the word ''where''?

''How is it ever possible to speak of the annihilation of a self, or soul, or ego, where no such thing is to be found?''

Page- 9

''Fundamentals of Buddhism''

by Nyanatiloka Mahåthera

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    It is impossible for us to properly analyze translations like this. Did you look up the word where in the dictionary? Please do.
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 14:07

1 Answer 1


This is a conjunction (it links two clauses), and the meaning is "in the case that" or "if".

How can we talk about the annihilation of the self, if the self does not exist?

See Cambridge dictionary's discussion of this word


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