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    when to use which and when to use that

    hi there. i am trying to do some translation at work and am not sure when to use which and when to use that.

    an example:

    Companies which require their

    should that be a which or a that?

    thank you for your help.

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    Re: when to use which and when to use that

    Quote Originally Posted by sterretjie View Post
    hi there. i am trying to do some translation at work and am not sure when to use which and when to use that.

    an example:

    Companies which require their

    should that be a which or a that?

    thank you for your help.
    You can use both.


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    Re: when to use which and when to use that

    thank you for the fast reply. i wasn't sure.

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    Re: when to use which and when to use that

    Quote Originally Posted by sterretjie View Post
    thank you for the fast reply. i wasn't sure.

    You are welcome!

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    #5

    Re: when to use which and when to use that

    Quote Originally Posted by sterretjie View Post
    thank you for the fast reply. i wasn't sure.
    The reason for your uncertainty may be the popularity of a 'rule' - espoused by some old-school grammarians and by Microsoft Word's grammar checker - about restrictive relative clauses (such as your example) requiring that. A lot of teachers though - myself included - agree with Harry.

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    Re: when to use which and when to use that

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The reason for your uncertainty may be the popularity of a 'rule' - espoused by some old-school grammarians and by Microsoft Word's grammar checker - about restrictive relative clauses (such as your example) requiring that. A lot of teachers though - myself included - agree with Harry.

    b
    Hi, Bob!
    I just don't want to dig in it.


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    #7

    Re: when to use which and when to use that

    Hi,
    It takes time to start using which/that easily; but it's safer to always use which unless you talk abt people.

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    Re: when to use which and when to use that

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi,
    It takes time to start using which/that easily; but it's safer to always use which unless you talk abt people.
    I don't know why I use "which" and rarely "that". Of course talking about people we must use "who". And "that" is possible.

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    #9

    Re: when to use which and when to use that

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    myself included
    Why not "including myself"?


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    #10

    Re: when to use which and when to use that

    That's more elegant.

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