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    Question which or what

    "How many vowels are there in the english alphabet. Which are they?"
    "How many vowels are there in the english alphabet. What are they?"

    Could somebody please explain?


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    Re: which or what

    1) There are 26 letters in the English alphabet. The alphabet consists of A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y and Z. Which are the vowels?

    2) In the English alphabet, what are the vowels?

    In the first, you have been given a list of options to choose from (the letters from A to Z) so the question is "Which...?"

    In the second, it's a straight question with no options given so the question is "What are the vowels in the English alphabet?"


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