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Thread: Which or what?

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    Which or what?

    Hello, would which or what be used in a question like this:

    If we were parts of a machine, which parts would we be?

    If we were parts of a machine, what parts would we be?

    Which one is more preferable?

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    Re: Which or what?

    Both could be used. I'd use "which".
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