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Are both these sentences grammatically correct?

1-The thing which i bought yesterday is a mobile.
2-The thing that i bought yesterday is a mobile.

Should i use that or which? As far as i know which can be used in restrictive clauses. Can someone please tell me the rule?
 

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You always have to capitalise 'I'.

Native speakers don't use sentences like that.

We say 'I bought a mobile yesterday'.
 

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In British English you can use the thing that/which interchangeably here, though, as Rover points out, the sentence is not natural.
 

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Can someone please tell me the rule?


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Traditionally, American teachers have recommended that their students use "that" for restrictive/defining clauses:

"The book that I want has a red cover, not a blue one."
 

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In BrE, we can use both. We only use which in non-restrictive/defining clauses .
 

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We also frequently omit the relative pronoun to make a reduced relative clause.

'The book I want has a red cover.'
 
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