I would use that.
I am doubting a rule about relative pronouns (that or which?) which is spread widely in chinese English textbooks. I am wondering what your opinion is.
He sold all the furniture ___ we had. [According the CHinglish rules, we should only fill in "that" fo r the antecedent is modified by "all', similar modifiers including every, any, much, little , few, no ] . Which is forbidden in such cases.
However, I found many counterexamples in Native speaking websites or government documents. I am wonder in your school grammar rules, do you have such a rule? I failed to find evidence which prefers "that" to "which" in such cases in 2 authorative grammar books- LGWSE and CGEL.
Thanks for you brief opinion.
I would use that.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
I would probably use neither:
He sold all the furniture we had.
If forced to use one or the other, I would go with "that". I am not saying, however, that "which" is wrong.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
I am wondering if the Chinese rule is right in the opinon of a native speakers of English? I doubt it is just a CHinglish rule. Thanks for your response.
There are some people who care a lot more about whether to use "that" or "which" than others. I'm one of them. I use "that" for restrictive use and "which" for non-restrictive use, but many, many people use "which" for either type.
Rather than worrying about whether the rule you were taught in China is right or not, do some reading on "that" and "which" and decide for yourself.
I did find a slew of evidence to contradict the above-mentioned CHinglish Rule and I read lots of counterexamples which did not follow the above RULE. Although I have no difficulty in choosing them, I do doubt whether such limitaions for WHICH really exist in English native speakers' mind or English textbooks for native speakers. Thanks for your response.
They exist in my mind. They do not exist in the minds of many -- if not most -- other native speakers.
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