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    Smile what's the difference between "that" and "which"

    Hi every one. There are several phrases I am wondering about it.
    the first phrase is he is the only foreigner that has been to that place.can I change the that to which ?
    second he is the first person that told me the story,same qusestion. I think use that in such phrase is weird.

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    Re: what's the difference between "that" and "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by franklin xia View Post
    Hi every one. There are several phrases I am wondering about it.
    the first phrase is he is the only foreigner that has been to that place.can I change the that to which ?
    second he is the first person that told me the story,same qusestion. I think use that in such phrase is weird.
    Who instead of that is better.

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    Re: what's the difference between "that" and "which"

    With these phrases the only and the first use that:

    Ex: He is the only foreigner that has been to that place.
    Ex: He is the first person that told me the story.


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    Re: what's the difference between "that" and "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    With these phrases the only and the first use that:

    Ex: He is the only foreigner that has been to that place.
    Ex: He is the first person that told me the story.

    How about these?

    He is/was the only foreigner to visit that place [of the country].
    He is/was the first person to tell me the story.

    Regards!
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    Re: what's the difference between "that" and "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    How about these?

    He is/was the only foreigner to visit that place [of the country].
    He is/was the first person to tell me the story.

    Regards!
    Dawood
    Hi every one. There are several phrases I am wondering about it.
    the first phrase is he is the only foreigner that has been to that place.can I change the that to which ?
    second he is the first person that told me the story,same qusestion. I think use that in such phrase is weird.



    The sentences you quoted are correct.Which differs from what in that it selects from number of alternatives.WHAT is general and does not take alternatives into account.
    Here there is no alternative for 'THE ONLY FOREIGNER.CONSIDER THESE SENTENCES.

    Which train are you going by ? Implies several possible trains.
    What train are you going by ?No alternatives.
    'THAT 'CAN NOT BE REPLACED BY 'WHICH.'
    Ignore my previuos post.it was a mistake.
    Last edited by rj1948; 14-May-2008 at 17:00.


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    Re: what's the difference between "that" and "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    How about these?

    He is/was the only foreigner to visit that place.
    He is/was the first person to tell me the story.

    Regards!
    Dawood
    Yes, I think Dawood's versions are the best in fact. You could also say:

    He is/was the only foreigner to have visited that place.
    He is/was the first person to have told me the story

    but his original versions are just as good.

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    Re: what's the difference between "that" and "which"

    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    Yes, I think Dawood's versions are the best in fact. You could also say:

    He is/was the only foreigner to have visited that place.
    He is/was the first person to have told me the story

    but his original versions are just as good.
    Thank you very much naomimalan, for encouragement and support.
    Be blessed!
    Regards!
    Dawood


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    Re: what's the difference between "that" and "which"

    Which train are you going by ? Implies several possible trains.
    What train are you going by ?No alternatives.


    Which train are you going by? The 8.40 or the 10.15?
    "which' is used to seek information when the choices are given or known.
    If you offer a box of chocolates with different centres, you would also say, 'which one would you like?' because it is from a definite selection.

    What train are you going by?
    No particular trains have been stated. However, there would be a definite number of trains running in one day, and depending on the city, there may not be many. Here, I don't think 'what' is really appropriate.
    compare:
    What's your favourite movie?
    Of all the movies in the world, of all the movies ever made, what is your favourite?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    Thank you very much naomimalan, for encouragement and support.
    Be blessed!
    Regards!
    Dawood
    Thanks ever so much Dawood for your kind words. I am very touched.

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    .Hi every one. There are several phrases I am wondering about it.
    the first phrase is he is the only foreigner that has been to that place.can I change the that to which ?
    second he is the first person that told me the story,same qusestion. I think use that in such phrase is weird.

    THE QUESTION IS WHETHER THAT CAN BE REPLACED BY WHICH.
    WHICH CAN BE USED WHEN THERE ARE ALTERNATIVES.IN THIS CONTEXT WHICH CAN NOT BE USED IN PLACE OF THAT.
    Your informative views are solicited.Kindly refer my earlier post.
    Last edited by rj1948; 15-May-2008 at 14:11.

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