1. This is the same book that I lost last year.

  2. This is the book which/that I lost last year.

What is the difference b/w these sentences. Book says we can't use "which" in case of 1 sentence. why so?

  • I think people must agree to disagree on this contentious issue. "This is the same book which I lost last year* strikes my ear as ungrammatical; and that's not because I was taught to use "that" with restrictive clauses. In my neck of the woods, in ordinary conversation on the street, one does not hear "which" used with restrictive clauses, especially among speakers with little or no book-learning. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 23 '15 at 12:40
  • Remove controversies - This is the same book I had lost last year! :P – Maulik V Mar 23 '15 at 12:48
  • But controversies are fun. They show that language, like politics, is local. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Mar 23 '15 at 12:49
  • @StoneyB I read the link which/that(I don't know which one is correct) you have mentioned. I don't get the meaning of restrictive and non restrictive clause. Actually your answer is a little difficult for me to understand as a non-native speaker. I am not very good at English. Can you please elaborate this (restrictive and non restrictive clause) in a simple language so i can understand. – starun008 Mar 23 '15 at 12:51
  • @TRomano you are right. But its not about the sentences I mentioned. It's about the grammar rule that I want to know. Today or later this can create problem for me if i don't proper grammar rules. – starun008 Mar 23 '15 at 12:58

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