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    which or that?

    Taking exam must be one of the most frightening experiences that anyone must go through. It is not so much the actual taking of the exams themselves which is so awful.
    As for the above sentence, I'm not clear why "which" is used here. Isn't it a cleft sentence of "It is not so much ... that is so awful"? Could you help explain it?

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    Re: which or that?

    Which and that are identical here. Calm down. You'll do fine.

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    Re: which or that?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Which and that are identical here. Calm down. You'll do fine.
    Thank you very much! By the way, is it still a cleft sentence?

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    Re: which or that?

    Yes. It's also an incomplete sentence.

    When you start 'It's not so much the...' you have to continue '...as the...'

    'It's not so much the exam itself which is so awful as the dread of failing it.'

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