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    correction of the sentence

    Which is the capital of our State?

    or

    What is the capital of our State?

    I wanted to know which one is the correct form amongst the above

    two questions and why?


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    Re: correction of the sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by banidev View Post
    Which is the capital of our State?

    or

    What is the capital of our State?

    I wanted to know which one is the correct form amongst the above

    two questions and why?
    What is the capital...?

    When we are choosing between just two or three options, we usually prefer which.

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    Re: correction of the sentence

    Both the sentences are correct. WHICH and WHAT are two different question words - with two different meanings. WHICH is a word that refers 'that there are few/some/many' - so among all - WHICH one?
    So when you ask - Which is the capital of our state? - the listener understands that 'there are many cities in our states'; among those particularly 'which one' is the capital?
    In a multiple choice question there might be name of some cities and it would be asked in this way: "Which is the capital of our state?"

    WHAT is a word that directly asks information; such as: What's your name? What's your address? What's your hobby? .....and so on.
    So, What is the capital of our state? - is just such a way of asking.

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