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    which vs. that

    Which word will be appropriate in the following sentence, which or what?

    The parliament, which (or "that") passed the law, no longer exists.


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    Re: which vs. that

    Not a teacher.

    Both work, I believe, but I'd use "that has", if using "that".

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    Re: which vs. that

    Generally, when you put commas on either side of a phrase like that, you're adding additional (non-essential to the sentence) information, and you use "which."

    If you mean that the specific parliament that passed that law no longer exists (but perhaps some other one does), don't use the commas, and I'd 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.

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