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Why is the sentence below incorrect?

The mailman came at a time when it was impossible for me to get the mail.

  • Grammar - ,

    While this construction is common in colloquial speech, the subordinate clause introduced by "when" is an adverb, so it can't modify the noun "time."

    I think.

  • Grammar - ,

    Steve is right.

    If you substitute 'at which' for 'when,' the sentence will be fine.

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