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What day is Friday? There are 30/31 days in every month (except for February). That's quite a lot of numbers to choose or guess from. Faced with such an open-end question, I would first reply A) Which Friday are you talking about? B) Next week's A) Erm, let me think. It must be 21st However, when we're asking about today, we always use the ...


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To me the more common sounding are: What day is Friday? What day is the first of November? Which month is the warmest in your city? Which season is it now in your city? I could ask " Which of the months is the warmest in your city?" and "Which of the seasons is it now in your city? and expect the same answers. "Which of the days is Friday?" or "Which of ...


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Kip's answer is similar to the one we often see. Michael Swan, for example, (Practical English Usage, 2005.611) writes: We prefer which when we have a limited number of choices in mind. We've got white or brown bread. Which will you have? (More natural than ... What will you have?) Which size do you want - small medium or large? . ...


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For this, I have to turn to Google Ngrams: What/Which day is What/Which month is What/Which year is Based on the Ngram results, it seems clear that what is far more common today for all questions relating to dates (however, that wasn't always the case). This is also consistent with my preferred usage and experience, where I would hear ...


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This question is poor, because "what" and "which" are words which are used differently (and sometimes it matters). Take my sentence above, for example. It must read: "words which are used differently", and it cannot be "words what are used differently" "Which" can be used interrogatively, in which case it seems to be always interchangeable with ...


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If you want to know the word that is used most often in a question, we can take a look at Google using wildcards. You can copy and paste these searches for yourself if you like: "What" * "?" About 884,000 results (0.48 seconds) "Which" * "?" About 427,000 results (0.31 seconds) Sentences or phrases starting with a capital W for both words and ...


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The way I read it is one would use which when there is a (limited)choice between a few defined possibilities, and what when there are more choices and/or when these choices are not so defined. Used in a phrase I would say; Which of these Friday's would be best for you? Friday the 6th? Friday the 13th? Friday the 20th? What would be a good day for you? ...



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