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    #1

    Which vs. that

    Pakistan is a country ________ exports mango all over the world.
    a. who b. which c. whom d. that

    The correct answer in the key is 'which'. However, I think 'that' is more suitable since there is a restrictive clause after the blank. Is the correct answer b or d?

    Moreover the same book mentions this sentence as an example:
    She must return the book which was lent to her.
    I *think* it is a restrictive clause and should use that. Otherwise it should be set off by commas, right?

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: Which vs. that

    I would use "that".

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    #3

    Re: Which vs. that

    I would use "that" because, as an AmE speaker, I was taught to use "that" in restrictive clauses and "which" in nonrestrictive clauses. But that "rule" is an overreach. While it is true that "that" cannot be used in nonrestrictive clauses, the reverse is not true. "Which" can be used in restrictive clauses. For me, the correct answers are B and D.

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    #4

    Re: Which vs. that

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would use "that".
    So would I.

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