Virginia W.

asked • 12/13/12

When do I use which or that in a sentence?

Someone please tell me the difference between which and that

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Holly W.

I agree that "which" can be used in both restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses, but "that" is only used in restrictive ones. In modern American English, I think "that" is much more commonly used, "which" is more formal and more likely used in writing. Also, "which" can refer to a whole idea in non-restrictive relative clauses, as in "He robbed a bank, which resulted in him serving five years in prison."
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Holly W.

In your examples you are using "that" as a demonstrative adjective and "which" as in interrogative. These are other parts of speech that "that" and "which" can be used as. Most of this discussion is related to using "that" and "which" as relative pronouns to introduce relative clauses.
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Jonathan B. answered • 02/12/13

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Kayla S.

That's a great way to remember it Jonathan!

"A which is a ditch" -- Beautiful!

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