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That VS Which

September 6, 2009 Leave a comment

That  = Restrictive Clause

Which = Everything else ( non restrictive clause)

Restrictive clause means the meaning of the sentence will change if it is omitted. Its necessary.

Non restrictive clauses on the other hand are not necessary and do not alter the sentence meaning if omitted.

Method: omit the part of sentence after ‘that’ or ‘which’ and see if  it still conveys the same meaning.

Examples:

This is the tree that bears the most fruits.

This is the tree … ??

Also restrictive clause will usually not be set by commas

The story is coming to an end, which means we can leave soon.

The story is coming to an end.

Which usually will be surrounded by commas.

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