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    Relative clauses

    Hi!
    I am really confused about using relative clauses.Could you please help me?What should I use in those sentences and why?
    1) Some people have the idea that switching a PC on and off will damage it, WHICH/THAT is just not true.
    2) One other simple tip is to check WHAT/WHICH application you are using at any particular moment.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Relative clauses

    If you type "which/that" into the Custom Search Box, you can read many previous threads on this topic.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Relative clauses

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Nkhaybulina:

    "Some people have the idea that switching a PC on and off will damage it, which is just not true."

    That kind of relative clause ("which is just not true") is very popular.

    It does NOT refer to one word in the main clause.

    It refers to the WHOLE IDEA of the main clause.

    In other words, the idea that switching a PC on and off will damage it IS JUST NOT TRUE.

    It seems that some writing teachers are not too happy with this "loose" kind of relative clause.

    If you want to use "that," then you should use two separate sentences:

    "Some people have the idea that switching a PC on and off will damage it. That is just not true." (I am sure that you know that "that" refers to the idea of switching a PC on and off will damage it.)




    James


    P.S. You are a very good student, which is obvious.

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