Where vs. Wherein

'Where' and 'wherein' are close in their appearance; however, they are different. In this lesson, we will find out more about these words.

"Where" vs. "Wherein" in the English grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

The main difference between 'where' and 'wherein' is that 'where' is expresses location while 'wherein' means 'in which.'

Parts of Speech

Interrogative Adverb

'Where' and 'wherein' function as interrogative adverbs.
'Where' is used to ask about the location of something or someone.
'Wherein' is used to ask 'in what place or respect.'

Where is my phone?

Wherein lies the appeal of all this?

Relative Adverb

'Where' and 'wherein' can also be used as relative adverbs. Relative adverbs describe a noun or noun phrase.
We use 'where' to express location.
We use 'wherein' to express the meaning 'in which.'

Here is where we first meet.

I wonder wherein this problem roots from.

Frequency

'Where' is one of the most used words in the English language. 'Wherein,' however, is old-fashioned and informal. 'Wherein' is mostly used in humanitarian articles.

Are They Interchangeable?

'Where' and 'wherein' may be similar in their parts of speech and appearance; however, they cannot be used interchangeably as they express different meanings.

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