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    Default Which / That

    Could someone help explain the difference between using 'which' and 'that' to me?

    The book we are using has this practice sheet, with the following sentances....

    1. Look at the dog _______ ________ sleeping under the tree.
    2. The book ______ ______ _______ for me is very useful.
    3. He has a cat ________ ________ very round eyes.
    4. Is this the room ______ _______ ______ ______ yesterday?
    5. Is this the CD _______ Demi wanted?


    1. that [which] is
    2. that he bought
    3. that [which] has
    4. that she was using
    5. that

    So, the question is, why can 'which' be exchanged for 'that' some times, but no others?
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    Default Re: Which / That

    There's a simple explanation here (and here, under 'that or which').

    Personally, I think that modern usage has rendered the distinction obsolete - but that won't help you with Japanese English exams, I guess.
    Last edited by Taurus; February 18th, 2010 at 14:48.

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