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    That and which

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Neha, Mar 19, 2009.

    I've always been confused over how these work.

    like, should it be,

    They wrote a song that was a hit.

    or

    They wrote a song which was a hit.

    And are there any specific rules, strictly referring to the usage of which should be used when? Somehow, our language books never quite specified that.
     
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    Thanks, I really appreciate that. I lose many marks because of this, and it gets frustrating.
     
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    oh, right got it, at least I think so, I think I'll go do some exercises on that now.

    Thanks a lot for that!
     
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    I try to stay away from that as much as possible. It is usually easy to avoid.

    They wrote a successful song.
    They wrote a hit song.

    In the examples you gave, either is correct, but there should be a comma before which.

    They wrote a song that was a hit, stresses that it was a hit.
    They wrote a song, which was a hit. The main idea is just that they wrote a song. The after thought is, and it just happened to be a hit.

    So I guess in this case it depends what you are going for.

    Here is another article on the subject, which I like.
     
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    check such stuff out here:

    http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/t.html

     
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    Ok, that cleared up the last remaining problems I had. Thanks for that Mammamaia.

    And Architectus, actually I manage to avoid usind that and which if I don't know when to use what in daily life, but for the exams we have to be tense-specific, like especially in compounded statements, so I needed to clear that up.
    But, thanks for your input.
     

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