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    Default the proper use of which

    What is the proper usage for the word 'which': "The car on the hill which is hard to climb", for example.
    I'm under the impression that 'which' can not modify a word in a prepositional phrase? In the example above, the proper
    read would be 'the car is hard to climb' and not 'the hill is hard to climb'? Thank you, Garth

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    Default Re: the proper use of which

    NOT A TEACHER.

    Some people will tell you that "which" is wrong in your sentence and should be replaced with "that," but their opinion is a minority one. I do, however, think that changing "which" to "that" would make the sentence sound better.
    Last edited by Allen165; 03-May-2012 at 15:07.

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    Default Re: the proper use of which

    Quote Originally Posted by sevdalisk View Post
    I'm under the impression that 'which' can not modify a word in a prepositional phrase.
    You have the wrong impression.

    Goldilocks sat on Daddy Bear's chair, which was too hard.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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    Default Re: the proper use of which

    thanks for the reply...how about......."my Aunt in the city who writes to me often" Can I use the word 'who' after the prep phrase?

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    Default Re: the proper use of which

    Yes, though if you have only one aunt in the city, you'll need a comma after 'city'. The word 'aunt' does not need a capital letter initially, unless it's part of a name - 'My Aunt Mary'.
    Last edited by 5jj; 04-May-2012 at 06:40.
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    Default Re: the proper use of which

    Bear in mind that neither "The car on the hill which is hard to climb" nor "The car on the hill that is hard to climb" is a complete sentence unless it is the answer to a question which probably begins "Which car ...?"
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-May-2012 at 07:52. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: the proper use of which

    thanks again for your words of wisdom!

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    Default Re: the proper use of which

    "My aunt in the city, who writes to me offen" If we write the sentence this way, "who writes to me offen" will be an oppositive, correct? If not, why we need add a comma. Thanks.

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    Default Re: the proper use of which

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_000 View Post
    "My aunt in the city, who writes to me often" If we write the sentence this way, "who writes to me often" will be an oppositive, correct? If not, why we need add a comma. Thanks.
    - Spelling of "often".
    - Again, that's not a complete sentence. "My aunt, who writes to me often, rarely visits."

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