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    that and which in the sentence

    1)"The parties have the right to utilize property of the other party, which belonged to the latter prior to marriage registration."

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    2)"The parties have the right to utilize property of the other party that belonged to the latter prior to marriage registration."

    Are they both OK? Would there be difference in meaning Apart from 1) being non-restrictive and 2) restrictive? Can we say the latter one for the latter?

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    Re: that and which in the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can we say the latter one for the latter?
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    If this is part of a legal document, then neither sentence is safe. You will need to say something like: Each party has the right to utilize property of the other party belonging to that other party prior to marriage registration. However, a lawyer would probably have fun with that. When it comes to legal matters, you need to consult a lawyer, not a language forum.

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    Re: that and which in the sentence

    I'm not a lawyer either. We were just translating sentences in class to practice. Would there be much difference in meaning between 1) and 2)? How would you interpret each of them?

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    Re: that and which in the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would there be much difference in meaning between 1) and 2)? How would you interpret each of them?
    "The parties have the right to utilize property of the other party that belonged to the latter prior to marriage registration."

    This could suggest that the 'party', which I have underlined, belongs to the 'latter'.

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    Re: that and which in the sentence

    By saying could you would mean not necessarily? Could it also be interpreted that property belongs to the latter?

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    Re: that and which in the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    By saying could you would mean not necessarily? Could it also be interpreted that property belongs to the latter?
    Ask a lawyer.

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