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    Which +plural form of noun

    A lot of items are prohibited onto the plane.
    Do you know which items are prohibited?

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    That 'which' line does not sound right to me. But I need someone to help explain a little bit. Thank you.

    By the way, can we use forbid to replace prohibit in this case?

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    Re: Which +plural form of noun

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    A lot of items are prohibited onto the plane.
    Do you know which items are prohibited?

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    That 'which' line does not sound right to me. But I need someone to help explain a little bit. Thank you.

    By the way, can we use forbid to replace prohibit in this case?
    Why does it sound wrong to you?

    Although forbidden and prohibited are very similar, the items which you cannot take on a plane are referred to as "prohibited items", so it's the right word in this context.

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    Re: Which +plural form of noun

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Why does it sound wrong to you?

    Although forbidden and prohibited are very similar, the items which you cannot take on a plane are referred to as "prohibited items", so it's the right word in this context.
    I thought 'which' should be followed by a noun in its singular form. Was I not right?

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    Re: Which +plural form of noun

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    I thought 'which' should be followed by a noun in its singular form. Was I not right?
    Hi LiuJing
    I don't think so. Take examples:
    Which of these is yours?
    Of the 12 paintings, which were sold?
    I don't know the rules and I'm not sure.
    S.M.

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