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Which is correct (and why)..or are both options ok?

Look! That's the car which was reported as being stolen.

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Look! That's the car that was reported as being stolen!

Thanks

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"That" is used with restrictive clauses that limit the meaning or the sentence, or specify which noun among many is the subject. "Which" is used with non-restrictive clauses that simply add additional, unnecessary information. In this case, I believe "that" is the proper choice.

Here's a good reference: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/grammar/that_vs_which.html

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    – Eddie Kal
    Jul 16, 2020 at 23:16
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Grammatically, They are both correct. But for sounding smoothly (avoiding duplication), I think using "which" is better.

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