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    #1

    Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

    Hello.

    Would my sentence be correct if I removed ''in'' and used ''what'' instead of ''which'' in it?
    1.Which/what country do you live in?
    2.Which/what country do you live?

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    #2

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

    No.

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    #3

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

    You need to keep in. You can use either which or what, but they mean different things.

    Do you know what I would say?
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    #4

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

    How would the meaning change?

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    #5

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

    Do you know the difference between which and what?
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    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

    ''Which'' is used when a few things are listed, as far as I know. ''Which country'' could mean that a few countries have already been mentioned.

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    #7

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    ''Which'' is used when a few things are listed, as far as I know. ''Which country'' could mean that a few countries have already been mentioned.
    I agree except for the "could" part.

    what
    What's your favorite ice cream?

    which
    Which do you like better--chocolate or vanilla?
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    Re: Which or what with 'in' or without 'in'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I agree except for the "could" part. What do you mean?

    what
    What's your favorite ice cream?

    which
    Which do you like better--chocolate or vanilla?
    So which country do you live in? Means which of the listed countries do you live in?

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    #9

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

    It depends on what exactly you mean by 'listed countries'. I would prefer to say that there is a closed set of countries in mind.

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

    So the idea is when we have a closed set of countries or anything else we use ''which'' , otherwise we should use ''what''. If I want to ask ''what are winter months in Australia''? I should use 'which' not 'what' in my sentence, am I right?

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