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How to determine whether to use "which" or "what"?

I understand that we use which when options are limited and what when there is no limitation. Check this sentence: Tell me about things what make you angry. Is this sentence ok, or is which ...
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Relative pronoun "which" [duplicate]

The below sentence was taken from one of TOEIC questions. I chose "that"(relative pronoun), but the answer was "which". I understand if there is a comma after the word 'month', ...
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There are 2 rooms and "the smaller of which is red" or "the smaller of them is red"?

I came across this question from Grade 10 English test in a Vietnam High School Question 14. There were two small rooms in the beach house, _______. A. the smaller of which served as a kitchen B. the ...
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varies according to the age of each group of students who vs. varies according to the age of each group of students that

Our approach to teaching varies according to the age of each group of students who start with us from the age of four, through primary and secondary school ages. Our approach to teaching varies ...
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When "that" = "which" and when "that" = "a preposition + which"?

My own sentences where "that" = "which": (1a) The forum (that) I posted this question is for English language learners. — (I know it's) incorrect (1b) The forum (that) I posted ...
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What is the meaning of "that" in this context?

This is one of the entries from the Longman Dictionary for the noun "course" 5 DEVELOPMENT [singular] the usual or natural way that something changes, develops, or is done. It seemed ...
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'That' versus 'Which'

I am preparing for a prestigious examination that opens the doors for becoming a top dog in the government. English plays a vital role in the examination. So, I've started taking lessons from an ...
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Does the word "THAT" in this sentence need to be replaced by the word "WHEN"? "Not a week goes by that I don’t wish I was never born."

This is a sentence from a person's regret about being born. The sentence is: "Not a week goes by THAT I don’t wish I was never born." I understand the sentence, but I am not quite sure about ...
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Does which always need a comma? [duplicate]

I was taught that there is always a comma before "which." If a comma changed the intended meaning then we should use "that" instead. The resources, which you may find helpful, can ...
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"that are known" vs. "which are known"

From The New York Times: Mr. de Blasio called for stricter laws to curb sexual assaults on crowded trains that are known as grinding. Why do they use that and not which? A quote from Grammarly: ...
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"is mainly that between creditors and debtors" or "is mainly which between creditors and debtors"

I have written the following sentence: The relationship between banks and depositors is mainly that between creditors and debtors. First, I want to ask whether it is correct to use that in such ...
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Which is correct here: THAT or WHICH?

Does the use of WHICH and THAT sometimes overlap or is it that only WHICH fits in certain cases, and only THAT in others? To clarify my question, consider this sentence: Osho organized an order of ...
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Dilemma between "which" and "that"

Are the words in bold interchangeable in this context? A network is a set of computers that are connected to each other so that information can be shared or sent to one computer to another. It is a ...
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"something which" or "something that"

According to Korean English grammar books, nouns that ends with "thing", such as something, anything, generally take "that" as a relative pronoun. But does that mean that "something which" is not ...
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"all of that" instead of "all of which"

The following is an excerpt from the website. Disneyland, all of which belongs to the Disney Company, is located in Anaheim. While I am aware of "all of which", "some of which", etc. usages, I ...
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Wording correct? which or that?

I am writing a scientific paper and would like to ask if this sentence: These changes in complexity heavily worsened the results of many algorithms which were used up to now, because the color ...
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Is it correct to use that/which in the relative clause when it is referring to the place as an object pronoun?

I was teaching an ESL class and came across this sentence which confused me a lot: "The Queen Alice is the place that I go to the most" "Isn't that the place which kids under 12 can't ...
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Using "in that" instead of "in which" [duplicate]

In this sentence: The diet could be prescribed for someone with any disease in which there is an abnormal retention of fluid. Is it correct to replace "in which" with "in that"? Where we could do ...
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"Animals which lay eggs are called birds." and "Animals that lay eggs are called birds." What is the difference between these two sentences?

I am confused between "which" and "that". I don't know in above sentences which is correct. According to me, both sentences are right. I have read some posts on the usages of "which" and "that", but I ...
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on which condition should i use the right word [which,that] which leads to subordinate clause?

I find the bag which you bought yesterday on the desk. I find the bag that you bought yesterday on the desk. Which one is correct? or both are right? I want to know on which condition ...
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“that” and “which” as relative pronoun

Since both “that” and “which” can be used to modify things in a sentence with an adjective clauses, which one is preferred in which situations? I found the following rules on the Internet. I am ...
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After which or after that

She was educated at home until the age of fifteen, "after that" she was sent off to finishing school in Singapore. Is using "after that" appropriate in this sentence ? Or I should use after which? ...
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"Which" vs "That" in complex sentences

I've been told that in complex sentences one must use "that" rather than "which" to refer the whole previous subsentence or a word in it, that is not right near to the preposition. For example I ...
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What is better "which" or "that"? [duplicate]

Well, I've had a doubt for use which and that. Tell me if these examples are correct: This is the hot dog which I made. This is the hot dog that I made. I'm finding the DVD which I lost. I'm finding ...
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When to use 'which' or 'in which' or 'that' (as relative pronouns)?

I am confused about when to use: 'which' vs 'in which' vs or 'that'? Would you please explain it as a writing rule? Here I have an example: Authors reported shortened growth period and slower ...
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That or which? Which pronoun to use for things? [duplicate]

For example: That book which is on the table is mine. That book that is on the table is my book. Are there any rules when to choose that or which?
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That vs Which and comma usage in this sentence [duplicate]

A1. The dogs, which barked in the night-time, did not recognize the thief. A2. The dogs which barked in the night-time did not recognize the thief. B1. The dogs, that barked in the night-time, did not ...
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Is there any difference between “which” and “that”?

What is the difference between the words which and that? For example: I have a car which is blue. I have a car that is blue. Are there any rules specifying usage of which and that?
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