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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > Is there a difference between "which" and "that"?    

Is there a difference between "which" and "that"?



Bruna!
Brazil

Is there a difference between "which" and "that"?
 
Dear colleagues,

when dealing with relative pronouns, some grammar books don īt differentiate the usage of "which" and "that"; others say that we use "which" mainly in non-defining relative clauses, and "that" in the defining ones. However, I have a group who works with the book Attitude 3 and it just doesn īt mention any difference between the pronouns neither say they have the same usage.

Do you know if there is a real difference between them?

Thanks in advance.

14 Jun 2009      



Lana.
Ireland

The difference is fast becoming extinct, that I know...

14 Jun 2009     



anitarobi
Croatia

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14 Jun 2009     



liverpuliana
Spain

As far as I know, the difference is a grammatical one. You can īt use THAT in non-defining relative clauses:
This hotel, which is very cheap, is very well situated too.
In this case you can īt use THAT.
I hope this helps.

14 Jun 2009     



jcaps
Latvia

Also you may not use which when talk about people, only things. But that is acceptable in both cases.

Good luck :)

14 Jun 2009     



miyoko71
Morocco

I īve sent you a PM.

14 Jun 2009     



yalanguz
Turkey

Additionally, "that" cannot be used between commas.

1 Jul 2009