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    "Which" vs "What" - conjunctinon

    Which word should be used in this sentence to make it correct?

    "The North and South did not agree on slavery, what/which started the Civil War."

    Is the other option incorrect altogether?

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    Re: "Which" vs "What" - conjunctinon

    Neither option works because they reduce to the false statement "slavery started the Civil War." If you want to retain your sentence's structure, you can write The North and South did not agree on slavery; this disagreement led to the Civil War.
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    Re: "Which" vs "What" - conjunctinon

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Neither option works because they reduce to the false statement "slavery started the Civil War." If you want to retain your sentence's structure, you can write The North and South did not agree on slavery; this disagreement led to the Civil War.
    In my sentence, I did not want to use "which" or "what" as a relative pronoun:
    The North and South did not agree on slavery, what/which started the Civil War.

    But as a conjunction:
    The North and South did not agree on slavery, what/which started the Civil War.

    Is it not possible?

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    Re: "Which" vs "What" - conjunctinon

    I would say that which is correct.

    I don't agree that it implies that slavery started the Civil War. Given the context it's clear that it is the disagreement that led to war. Plus it doesn't make much sense to say that slavery itself can start a war.

    However, I agree that any potential ambiguity could easily be cleared up with a rephrasing.

    what is not an option.

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    Re: "Which" vs "What" - conjunctinon

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Neither option works because they reduce to the false statement "slavery started the Civil War."
    Not necessarily.The antecedent of which can be a whole clause.

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    Re: "Which" vs "What" - conjunctinon

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Not necessarily.The antecedent of which can be a whole clause.
    I could start a civil war about this, which would be futile. Moreover, I see that you are plainly correct, so I have to accept your analysis.
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