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    which vs that

    Howdy - I've always wondered, and have yet to get a sensible answer, when you should use "which" and when "that". For example, should one say, "the tree over there which is very tall" or "the tree over there that is very tall". I know sometimes I go with whichever sounds correct but was wondering if there is a correct response... Thanks, Vix

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    Re: which vs that

    Quote Originally Posted by VixSix View Post
    Howdy - I've always wondered, and have yet to get a sensible answer, when you should use "which" and when "that". For example, should one say, "the tree over there which is very tall" or "the tree over there that is very tall". I know sometimes I go with whichever sounds correct but was wondering if there is a correct response... Thanks, Vix
    Simplistically, "that" is never used in nondefining (nonrestrictive) clauses. Either can be used in defining (restrictive) clauses, although "that" is often preferred in AmE. Some AmE speakers believe that "which" should not be used in defining clause, but that is incorrect.

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    Re: which vs that

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Either can be used in defining (restrictive) clauses, although "that" is often preferred in AmE.
    In BrE, it doesn't really matter.

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    Re: which vs that

    Vix, type your thread title in the Google Custom S(earch) box near the top of the page. You will find links to many previous answers to your question, many of which should be sensible enough for you.

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