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    Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    This is a grammar question of a high school test. I think contextually "it" is correct in this sentence, but wouldn't "which" also be correct grammar-wise with proper context? I don't think "which" can fit here.

    25)Without a "proper incentive," losing weight / is hard work. However hard you may try, you won't lose weight. Having a proper incentive /means you must be very clear about the real benefits (that) you are going to get frommaking the necessary changes. Unless you have a clear idea of these benefits, youwon't have the motivation to make the changes needed. Remember which(it) is not easy to change your eating habits. Some people / diet for years without ever having a properincentive. That is (the reason)why they stay overweight.
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    Re: Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    This is a grammar question of a high school test. I think contextually "it" is correct in this sentence, but wouldn't "which" also be correct grammar-wise with proper context? I don't think "which" can fit here. 25)Without a "proper incentive," losing weight / is hard work. However hard you may try, you won't lose weight. Having a proper incentive /means you must be very clear about the real benefits (that) you are going to get frommaking the necessary changes. Unless you have a clear idea of these benefits, youwon't have the motivation to make the changes needed. Remember which(it) is not easy to change your eating habits. Some people / diet for years without ever having a properincentive. That is (the reason)why they stay overweight.
    You are correct. "Which" does not work there.

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    Re: Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    No, I said "which" can work with a different context, and the sentence itself is correct. What do you think?

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    Re: Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    No, I said "which" can work with a different context, and the sentence itself is correct. What do you think?
    'Which' does not work in that sentence. Can you come up with a context in which it does?
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    Re: Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    No, I said "which" can work with a different context, and the sentence itself is correct. What do you think?
    I already told you what I thought. "Which" does not work in that sentence. The context is not the problem; the structure is the problem.

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    Re: Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    I'm not sure, this is what I can think of...If "which" doesn't work in any sentence, I was wrong.

    There are many ways to change your eating habits. They could be meditation, yoga, work-out, balancing your diet, fasting, etc.
    . Remember which(it) is not easy to change your eating habits. You may have a hard time practicing yoga if you hate it....

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    Re: Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I'm not sure, this is what I can think of...If "which" doesn't work in any sentence, I was wrong.

    There are many ways to change your eating habits. They could be meditation, yoga, work-out, balancing your diet, fasting, etc.
    . Remember which(it) is not easy to change your eating habits. You may have a hard time practicing yoga if you hate it....
    Mike has told you 'which' doesn't work in that sentence. I have told you 'which' doesn't work in that sentence. Why do you keep repeating it?

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    Re: Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I'm not sure, this is what I can think of...If "which" doesn't work in any sentence, I was wrong.

    There are many ways to change your eating habits. They could be meditation, yoga, work-out, balancing your diet, fasting, etc.
    . Remember which(it) is not easy to change your eating habits. You may have a hard time practicing yoga if you hate it....
    Who put the word "it" in parentheses in your sentence?

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    Re: Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    Remember it is not easy to change your eating habits. Some people overeat every day which makes them overweight.
    'Both 'which' and 'it' can refer to the whole sentence (clause), but 'which' can't be used to start a main clause while 'it' can. 'Which' just 'summarizes' the previous clause.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 03-Nov-2013 at 12:41.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Remember which is not easy to change your eating habits

    I could imagine "Remember -- which is not easy -- to change your eating habits." But it would still be rather odd, and ambiguous. Is it hard to remember, or is it hard to change?

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