Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. Unregistered
    Guest
    #1

    Start a sentence with "which"

    Can you start a sentence with "which" when not asking a question?

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,627
    #2

    Re: Start a sentence with "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Can you start a sentence with "which" when not asking a question?
    The short answer is no.

  3. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,221
    #3

    Re: Start a sentence with "which"

    Which way you answer that question depends on the perspective you bring.

    Won't that work?

  4. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,627
    #4

    Re: Start a sentence with "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Which way you answer that question depends on the perspective you bring.

    Won't that work?
    It might, but it's not a construction I would use. I would rather say; 'The way you answer that question...'

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 1,507
    #5

    Re: Start a sentence with "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Can you start a sentence with "which" when not asking a question?
    Yes, you can, e.g.

    Which colour tie you choose will probably depend on your mood.


  5. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,627
    #6

    Re: Start a sentence with "which"

    Or, 'The colour of tie you choose will probably depend on your mood.'

  6. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #7

    Re: Start a sentence with "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Which way you answer that question depends on the perspective you bring.

    Won't that work?
    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Yes, you can, e.g.

    Which colour tie you choose will probably depend on your mood.

    Agreed. The short answer No would work if you tightened up the original question: "Can you start a sentence with 'which' when it's used as a relative pronoun?"

    The OP used "which when it's not a question word" - and so didn't exclude the acceptable use when "which" is [implicitly] a question word in indirect speech.

    (Of course, this only applies to the written language. If I write "She came too - which was lucky.", that's grammatical. But "She came too. Which was lucky" wouldn't be OK in a formal context. The words are the same though, and the meaning's the same.)

    b

  7. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,103
    #8

    Re: Start a sentence with "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Agreed. The short answer No would work if you tightened up the original question: "Can you start a sentence with 'which' when it's used as a relative pronoun?"
    Which of the above you believe is up to you.

    Wouldn't that work?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Jan 2009
    • Posts: 1,507
    #9

    Re: Start a sentence with "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Or, 'The colour of tie you choose will probably depend on your mood.'
    Yes, no disagreement that the sentence could be rephrased without 'which', but a full and fair answer to the questioner's query has to be 'yes'!

Similar Threads

  1. Are the 5 basic sentence patterns sacred?
    By infinikyte in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 49
    Last Post: 28-Aug-2009, 21:52
  2. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 24-Nov-2007, 00:26
  3. Attributive Clause - China Needs Your Help
    By ChinaDavid in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 09-Jan-2005, 16:56
  4. Begin and Start
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 28-Oct-2004, 09:49
  5. grammar
    By jiang in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 17-Dec-2003, 20:02

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •