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    Which/that

    Hello

    What is the difference between using the words 'which' and 'that' to refer to another word already used in another sentence?
    For example, the two sentences below:

    The texts that are too long won't be read (1).
    The texts which are too long won't be read (2).


    Are both sentences correct?
    When should I use each one?
    Can I use both of them always? Is there any difference in the meaning of the sentence when I choose one over another?

    Thank you !

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    Re: Which x that

    (not a teacher)
    There's no difference in meaning.
    Maybe you should leave out "The" at the beginning but let's wait what the experts say.
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 28-Dec-2016 at 03:15.

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    Re: Which x that

    That/which both work for me. You should leave out the if you are talking about all texts in general, but if you mean a certain group of texts within a selection, then the definite article works fine.

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    Re: Which/that

    Please note that I have changed your thread title. The letter x has no meaning in that context.

    You could also have written which or that.

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    Re: Which/that

    NOT A TEACHER



    Hello, Felipe:

    I have noticed that most American books suggest the following "rule":

    1. For defining / restrictive clauses (where the information is 100% necessary for identification), it is suggested that only "that" be used.

    a. Please give me the book that has the red cover. (Not the book that has the blue cover or the book that has the yellow cover.)

    2. For non-defining / non-restrictive clauses (where the information is NOT 100% necessary but simply extra information), it is REQUIRED that "which" be used -- preceded by a comma.

    a. My favorite book, which I read every day, is "Diagramming Sentences is Exciting."

    i . As you can see, the information "which I read every day" is something parenthetical, i.e., something extra that is "thrown into the sentence." I could even write it like: "My favorite book (which, by the way, I read every day) is 'Diagramming is Exciting.' " Compare: The book that I read every day is "Grammar is Thrilling." (I do not read my other books every day.)


    I have noticed that in some other varieties of English, either relative pronoun is used for sentence #1a.
    Last edited by TheParser; 28-Dec-2016 at 15:16.

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