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Which to Use—Which or That?

These two words are often used incorrectly, and it’s not too hard to understand when you want that instead of which. The word that is used with what’s called a restrictive clause—meaning the phrase that’s following this word is necessary to the meaning of the sentence. For example:

  • All the books that are about dogs are on that shelf. [This means every book about dogs is on the shelf.]
  • I went to see the movie that had a lot of singing. [This means you specifically chose a movie with singing as opposed to another movie without singing.]
  • He liked my novel that reminded him of home. [This means this novel reminded him of home as opposed to others that didn’t.] Continue Reading…