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    Sentence formation: which or that

    Sentence 1:
    In most of these experiments we encounter situations which fall in the above described regime, that is the size of the liquid reservoir is finite compared to the channel/tube dimensions.

    Sentence 2:

    In most of these experiments we encounter situations that fall in the above described regime, that is the size of the liquid reservoir is finite compared to the channel/tube dimensions.

    Which is right?

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    #2

    Re: Sentence formation: which or that

    I don't think there's a huge difference in meaning between the two sentences.

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    Re: Sentence formation: which or that

    In a defining relative clause such as those in your two examples, 'that' and 'which' are both acceptable. There is no difference in meaning.
    Last edited by 5jj; 14-Nov-2011 at 09:24. Reason: blunder

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    #4

    Re: Sentence formation: which or that

    Non-defining?

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    #5

    Re: Sentence formation: which or that

    In post #3 I originally wrote 'a non-defining clause'. Sorry. That was a careless slip that I have now corrected,

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    #6

    Re: Sentence formation: which or that

    Dear Srikanth Dhondi,
    There is no difference in meaning between which and that. However, I would like to draw attention to the misuse of "compared to" and "compared with ".

    Compare:

    A is compared with B when you draw attention to difference.
    ...that is, the size of the liquid reservoir is finite compared with the channel/tube dimensions.

    A is compared to B only when you want to stress similarity.

    Shall I compare the to a summer’s day?
    Your heart can be compared to a pump.

    The Economist Style Guide (10th edition)

    John
    Last edited by JohnParis; 14-Nov-2011 at 10:14. Reason: spacing

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    #7

    Re: Sentence formation: which or that

    Burchfield's 1996 edition of Fowler's Modern English Usage gives even more distinctions than the Economist Style Guide. I think it's probably true to say that most speakers of BrE use to and with interchangeably.

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