"Remembering to use "that" with restrictive clauses and "which" with nonrestrictive clauses is the best method"
- grammar girl-
Hello, I am so confused with this explanation now, because when I learned English in school, "that and which" can be used with restrictive clauses. Then, how can I handle so many restrictive relative sentences written with "which" so far?
Which one is reliable recently?Thanks in advance to all.
'That' is certainly more common than 'which' in restrictive/defining relative clauses, especially in speech, but 'which' is fine. I have read more than once that 'which' is incorrect; it is not.
ps I have just seen that grammar girl says:
.... but if you love the sound of “which” and want to use it where I'd recommend a “that,” you'll find authorities to back you up, and people shouldn't go around thinking it's clearly wrong to use “which” for restrictive clauses.
Last edited by 5jj; 26-Feb-2012 at 10:10. Reason: ps added