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    When to use "that" and when to use "which"?

    When do you use "that" and when do you use "which"? And do you need to place a comma before using them?

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    Re: When to use "that" and when to use "which"?

    Google 'relative pronouns', 'restrictive relative clauses' and 'non-restrictive relative clauses'.

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    Re: When to use "that" and when to use "which"?

    Thanks, I did find a good webpage that provided everything I needed but I still am unsure about a particular sentence of mine...

    "Due to a lack of interest shown by law enforcement, these serious allegations would have never been investigated if it weren't for the Nebraska State Legislature and their investigative committee--headed by Senator Loran Schmidt-- which hired Gary Caradori as their lead investigator."

    Is which the correct relative pronoun? Also, is the punctuation and capitalization correct in this sentence? I'm not sure whether investigative committee should be capitalized.

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    Re: When to use "that" and when to use "which"?

    I consider the relative clause non-restrictive, so 'which' should be used.
    I think no comma is used before 'which' because it does not immediately follow its antecedent.
    'Investigative committee' should not be capitalized unless it is a name.

    I am not a teacher. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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