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    Default Should I use 'which' or 'that' and should 'ever' be deleted?

    These cakes are the worst which/that I have ever tasted.

    1. Which word should I use and what is the reason for using one preposition instead of the other?

    2. Is 'ever' correct in the sentence or should it be deleted?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Should I use 'which' or 'that' and should 'ever' be deleted?

    I'd say:
    These are the worst cakes I've ever tasted.

    John

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    Default Re: Should I use 'which' or 'that' and should 'ever' be deleted?

    I agree with JohnParis. Omit "which" and "that" but keep "ever".

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    Default Re: Should I use 'which' or 'that' and should 'ever' be deleted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. Which word should I use and what is the reason for using one preposition relative pronoun instead of the other?
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    Default Re: Should I use 'which' or 'that' and should 'ever' be deleted?

    Thanks, John, Emsr2d2 and 5jj.

    These cakes are the worst that I have ever tasted.

    The above question is from an exercise from a local English workbook. The relative pronoun used is 'that'. I was wondering whether 'which' fits as well.

    Now it would appear that the book is wrong in asking a relative pronoun be used in the sentence, since it should not be used at all.

    Just to confirm: The sentence is wrong if 'that' or 'which' is used.

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 15-Dec-2011 at 09:56. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Should I use 'which' or 'that' and should 'ever' be deleted?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Now it would appear that the book is wrong in asking saying a relative pronoun should be used in the sentence, since it should not be used at all.

    Just to confirm: The sentence is wrong if 'that' or 'which' is used.
    No. 'That' is acceptable, though commonly omitted (unless it is the subject of the relative clause. .Which' is not commonly used.

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    Default Re: Should I use 'which' or 'that' and should 'ever' be deleted?

    Many thanks, 5jj, for correcting the errors in my sentence.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 15-Dec-2011 at 10:27.

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