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    #1

    which or what

    Can you help please?

    Which is better?

    "We cannot foresee which / what could be the effects of such modifications."

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    #2

    Re: which or what

    What.

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    #3

    Re: which or what

    Quote Originally Posted by valdisole View Post
    Can you help please?

    Which is better?

    "We cannot foresee which / what could be the effects of such modifications."
    "We cannot foresee what would be the effects of such modifications."

    "We cannot foresee which effects will cause such modifications."


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    Re: which or what

    I think both are correct but when you use "Which" you are emphasizing the kind of effects the modifications are going to produce and using "what" you are referring more to the consequences of such modiffications.

    I'm not sure if my explanation is very understandable


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    Re: which or what

    Quote Originally Posted by valdisole View Post
    Can you help please?

    Which is better?

    "We cannot foresee which / what could be the effects of such modifications."
    I agree with Arare in that both COULD work, but semantically, 'which' seems way more unlikely. Given that the ability to foresee appears to be exceedingly difficult, limiting it to a few choices, as 'which' does, doesn't seem a likely choice.

    It's similar to the collocation "I wish I may". 'may' is too high on a probability/certainty scale to be generally used; it doesn't easily collocate with 'wish'.

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