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    #11

    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

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    So the idea is when we have a closed set of countries or anything else we use ''which'' , otherwise we should use ''what''.
    Yes.

    If I want to ask ''what are winter months in Australia''? I should use 'which' not 'what' in my sentence, am I right?
    What does What are winter months in Australia? mean?

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    #12

    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

    There is no need to ask, Rachel Adams. When it is summer in the northern hemisphere it is winter in the southern hemisphere.
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    #13

    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

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    Yes.



    What does What are winter months in Australia? mean?
    It's an example. Should I use ''what'' ot ''which'' in it?

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    #14

    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

    Neither. I'd say: When does winter start in Australia?

    Think of a different example.

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    #15

    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

    This is a perfectly acceptable sentence: What are the winter months in Australia? Note the definite article.
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    #16

    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

    But it's only 3 months. A close set of something mentioned in the sentence. Why do you use 'what' and not 'which'? Is it a set phrase?

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    #17

    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

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    But it's only 3 months. A close set of something mentioned in the sentence. Why do you use 'what' and not 'which'? Is it a set phrase?
    I do think that is a reasonable question.

    That is why this sentence about the Australian winter months does not work as a good example, in my opinion.

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    #18

    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

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    But it's only 3 months. A close set of something mentioned in the sentence. Why do you use 'what' and not 'which'? Is it a set phrase?
    I'd use "which" if I were thinking of the set of all months. There's no significant difference in this sentence.
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