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    "I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'"

    3. As long as he lives, he would never forget the words which his father told him on his deathbed.
    You choice of defining relative clause is fine. I would change 'lives' to 'lived' and 'told him' to 'said to him'. I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'; in informal conversation I'd use nothing.
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...g-clauses.html
    When the honorable teacher here says "I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'" that means the words that come after are essential, restrictive clause. As a result, which has no place here. Again, is "his father told him on his deathbed" a restrictive clause, please?




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    Re: "I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    When the honorable teacher here says "I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'" that means the words that come after are essential, restrictive clause. As a result, which has no place here. Again, is "his father told him on his deathbed" a restrictive clause, please?
    I did not say that 'which' had no place there. I said that I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'.

    that/which/- his father told him on his deathbed
    is a defining/restrictive relative clause.



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