"I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'"

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Odessa Dawn

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3. As long as he lives, he would never forget the words which his father told him on his deathbed.
You choice of defining relative clause is fine. I would change 'lives' to 'lived' and 'told him' to 'said to him'. I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'; in informal conversation I'd use nothing.
https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/ask-teacher/170715-defining-non-defining-clauses.html
When the honorable teacher here says "I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'" that means the words that come after are essential, restrictive clause. As a result, which has no place here. Again, is "his father told him on his deathbed" a restrictive clause, please?



 

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When the honorable teacher here says "I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'" that means the words that come after are essential, restrictive clause. As a result, which has no place here. Again, is "his father told him on his deathbed" a restrictive clause, please?
I did not say that 'which' had no place there. I said that I would probably use 'that' rather than 'which'.

that/which/- his father told him on his deathbed
is a defining/restrictive relative clause.



 
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