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    that which

    event n. that which happens,especially something of importance or unusual

    1. What does 'that' refer to? What part of speech is it?

    2. What does 'which' refer to? What part of speech is it?

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    Re: that which

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    event n. that which happens,especially something of importance or unusual

    1. What does 'that' refer to? What part of speech is it?

    2. What does 'which' refer to? What part of speech is it?

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    That and which are relative pronouns;that is used to refer to persons and things;which to things.
    That is used quite often in defining clauses.
    Name any book that you like.
    It is his rudeness that I object to.
    Which is interogative and relative pronoun.
    The house which was burgled is the one at the corner.(defining)
    That house,which was built in 1980 ,has an interesting history.(non-defining.).
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    Re: that which

    1. What are their antecedents if 'that' and 'which' both are relative pronouns ?

    2. Can two relative pronouns appear consecutively?

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    Re: that which

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    event n. that which happens,especially something of importance or unusual

    1. What does 'that' refer to? What part of speech is it?


    It's a formal way of saying,

    That thing/those things. It/They happen(s).

    That thing/those things [It/They] which happen.

    That which we put in the closet is mine. =

    The stuff which/that we put in the closet is mine.
    The things which/that we put in the closet are mine.



    2. What does 'which' refer to? What part of speech is it?

    'which' is a relative pronoun that refers to 'that'; which refers to something mentioned previously/understood, or in the case of your definition, the things that happen that can be described as 'events'.

    That which is is. = All things that exist exist.


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    Re: that which

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    1. What are their antecedents if 'that' and 'which' both are relative pronouns ?

    2. Can two relative pronouns appear consecutively?


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    What does'that' refer to? The answer is book in the first and rudenees in the second ;book and rudeness are the precedents.
    What does 'which' refer to? House;house is the precedent.

    Riverkid has answered your second .
    rj1948.

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