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    Which specific instance is referred to

    Hi everyone!


    I am wondering if the word "which" is a relative pronoun in the way it it used in the following sentence:


    1.-They do not know which specific instance is being fererred to.
    The usage of "which" in this sentence is not familiar to me.


    Is "which" a determiner?


    Consider these sentences (relative usage of "what") :


    2.-I do not know what it is.
    3.-I do not know what you mean.
    4.-I do not know what you want.
    5.-Bring me what you´ve written!


    Can I use what instead of which in the first sentence?


    1.-They do not know what specific instance is being fererred to.


    Sorry for the awkwardness


    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by rojas0717; 15-Mar-2015 at 17:49. Reason: I did not use correct punctuation

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    Re: Which specific instance is referred to

    Quote Originally Posted by rojas0717 View Post

    "The" is used to indicate a specific object that both the listener and the speaker understand, whereas "a" is used to talk about something listeners do not which specific instance is referred to.
    It doesn't make any sense. It's fine up to the word "used" and then it goes wrong.

    ... whereas "a" is used if/when the listeners do not know which specific instance is [being] referred to.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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