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    Using a comma before which

    Is there always a comma before which in a sentence such as - - . . . Scounted the possibilities at Countrywide Motor Sales which sells used sedans, station wagons and pickup trucks.

    And . . . are restoring an old townhouse which will serve as a display shop for the . . .

    I would just like to know the rule for which. Sometimes the grammer check on work says it calls for a semicolon.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Using a comma before which

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    Is there always a comma before which in a sentence such as - - . . . Scounted the possibilities at Countrywide Motor Sales[,] which sells used sedans, station wagons and pickup trucks.

    And . . . are restoring an old townhouse which will serve as a display shop for the . . .

    I would just like to know the rule for which. Sometimes the grammer check on work says it calls for a semicolon.

    Thank you.
    You use a comma before "which" in several places:
    1. When the "which" clause refers to the whole preceding sentence:
    "He punched me in the jaw and knocked me out, which I wasn't happy about.
    2. Before a non-defining relative clause, as in your first example, and possibly the second. (I think the second example could go either way).

    A defining relative "which" clause answers a "Which?" question.
    "Which townhouse? The townhouse which will serve as a display shop"
    A non-defining clause adds information, but does not define which townhouse you are referring to.
    "We are building a townhouse, which will serve as a display shop."
    "The orange tie which my wife bought me looks silly" (Answers "which tie?" from a sample of orange ties - the one which my wife bought me)
    "The orange tie, which my wife bought me, looks silly." (Does not define which tie, but merely adds information.)

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    Re: Using a comma before which

    Say:
    grammar checker at work

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