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    Help me please

    Which dress is the prettiest?
    Which bus goes to the railway station?
    Which hotel is nearest to the sea?

    Can I use -- `What' instead of `Which' in the above sentences?

    If yes, Please let me know what is the difference in the meaning.
    Could you explain it?

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    Re: Help me please

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Which dress is the prettiest?
    Which bus goes to the railway station?
    Which hotel is nearest to the sea?

    Can I use -- `What' instead of `Which' in the above sentences?

    If yes, Please let me know what is the difference in the meaning.
    Could you explain it?
    The difference between what and which in the above cases is whether you have already had a range of selection in mind. For example, if you have five books in mind already, you should say "which book goes to library?" But if you don't have any books in mind, in other words, it's not a targeted choice, then you use What as in "What book or books should I borrow from the library. Hope this helps.


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    Re: Help me please

    Hi Gary,
    Which implies a choice among some definite number of objects. There are 3,7,10 dresses in front of you and you have to choose from these. The same with the hotels in your example.
    As to the bus, it may be the same case or we could explain it differently - which is asked abt figures:
    Which room does he work in?
    Which page is the rule on?
    Which bus...? - The 21.

    Regards

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