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    subhajit123 is offline Banned
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    Talking That or Which

    Are both these sentences grammatically correct?

    1-The thing which i bought yesterday is a mobile.
    2-The thing that i bought yesterday is a mobile.

    Should i use that or which? As far as i know which can be used in restrictive clauses. Can someone please tell me the rule?

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    Re: That or Which

    You always have to capitalise 'I'.

    Native speakers don't use sentences like that.

    We say 'I bought a mobile yesterday'.

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    Re: That or Which

    In British English you can use the thing that/which interchangeably here, though, as Rover points out, the sentence is not natural.

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    Re: That or Which

    Quote Originally Posted by subhajit123 View Post


    Can someone please tell me the rule?

    NOT A TEACHER


    Traditionally, American teachers have recommended that their students use "that" for restrictive/defining clauses:

    "The book that I want has a red cover, not a blue one."

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    Re: That or Which

    In BrE, we can use both. We only use which in non-restrictive/defining clauses .

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    Re: That or Which

    We also frequently omit the relative pronoun to make a reduced relative clause.

    'The book I want has a red cover.'

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