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Correct usage: "Which" or "that" in a trailing em dash clause

In the case of a trailing em dash clause, should one use "which" or "that" to add qualifying detail about an object that has been previously introduced? To make use of a concrete ...
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Analysis of the following sentence: "The front door was open, which concerned me". What is the function of "which"? [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the grammatical structure of the following sentence, specifically the usage of "which": The front door was open, which concerned me. Is this a grammatically ...
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Relative pronoun in sentences with emphasis

This sentence sounds wrong to my ear, and I would have used "that" instead of "which". So what is it about "preventative" which had usage commenters of earlier times ...
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Be ambigious about "which" relative pronoun

I have seen an example referring to "on a par with something" at Cambridge Dictionary: "At this rate, they'll have 600,000 visitors to the exhibition, which will put it on a par with ...
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"that modifer" usage [duplicate]

Hi could you please let me know if the "that modifer" modifies the closest noun (i.e exercises) or further away head noun (i.e. vocabulary), in the following passage. Let's review some ...
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The way to join multiple relative clauses

One sentence on this website says: It is caused chiefly by kleptocratic governments or private interests in league with governments that make market exchange unprofitable, that make investment in ...
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Preferred conjunction for integrated clause (e.g. "and one that" versus "and one which")

Consider the following two sentences: Today I ate a very tasty lunch, and one that was also quite healthy. Today I ate a very tasty lunch, and one which was also quite healthy. The subordinate ...
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that/which causing confusion

Can someone please help me to figure out how to write the following sentence: Do not make any changes to panels or fixtures that may cause the structure to collapse. Is this correct? It seems to me ...
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"which" should be "that "? [duplicate]

The original text: In a few years the small workshop had become a large factory which employed seven hundred and twenty-eight people. Question: I am wondering whether "which" should be ...
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A Question About non-Restrictive Relative Clauses [duplicate]

I was creating Instagram posts, and I noticed that there might have been something wrong with the text. Here it is: ‘Heaven’ is an uncountable noun that refers to a place where good people go after ...
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Omitting "Which was" [closed]

In the following sentence, I am not sure whether I can omit "which was". Omitting is suggested to me by a famous grammar software. Wouldn't "developed" then (after omitting) refer ...
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"to which he reported" or "that he reported to"? [closed]

In the US, which is correct "the two organizations to which he reported" or "the two organizations that he reported to"?
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Participle Phrase vs. That/Which [closed]

In recent writing and editing, I noticed that a participle phrase can sometimes be used interchangeably with a that/which phrase, and both options seem equally readable. The following sentences show ...
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Unsure whether the clause in this sentence is restrictive or nonrestrictive [closed]

I wanted you to have something tangible in these times, in which very little is concrete. For more context: this is at the end of a letter that has already established that 'these times' = difficult ...
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What is the difference between "which" and "that? What should I use in the sentence? [duplicate]

What is the difference between which and that? For example, I have a sentence, They describe different methods, which their company usually practices. Which is better to use here — which or that?
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To what do the two relative pronouns "which" refer?

In the sentence: The sense that life as a whole is absurd arises when we perceive, perhaps dimly, an inflated pretension or aspiration which is inseparable from the continuation of human life and ...
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That vs. Which in short sentences

I have read extensively concerning the rules governing that vs. which and felt I understood them until the following example. I am operating under the assumption that "that" is used for ...
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Use of the pronoun "which"

I have a few silly questions about the use of the pronoun which: In the sentence "A statistical model is a family of probability distributions of a random variable which is smoothly parametrized ...
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Why the “which is” can be omitted?

I am writing a scientific paper. And I wrote the sentence as follows: The nominal prepreg tow height is about 0.15~0.20mm, which is much larger than the Resolution Z-axis (0.011mm). Furthermore, the ...
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Use of which in a sentence

In the following sentences, is it necessary to use which? SRH, a recombination model, is used for direct bandgap materials. SRH, which is a recombination model, is used for direct bandgap ...
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When used in a nonrestrictive clause, does “which” have to be the first word?

I understand that “that” is used for restrictive clauses, and that “which” is used for nonrestrictive clauses. However, I’m unsure if the placement of “which” in a nonrestrictive clause changes the ...
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Is my StackExchange-Description written correctly? [closed]

This is my profile-description of the StackExchange-Site: "Dösbaddel" is a (North-)German word for "Dummkopf" which probably means "fool" in English. Is it written properly or do I need to insert ...
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Which you have ever seen

So there's an article about the Cybertruck that starts out like this: "The Cybertruck is already here and it doesn't look like any pickup truck that you've ever seen." My (Russian native) friend ...
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Two uses of "which" in the same sentence

I would like to ask whether I can use "which" twice in the following sentence: We are so (so!) excited for our big day which is just around the corner and which would be meaningless without you!
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"Which" followed by "although"

I'm curious to hear some thoughts on whether this sentence is grammatically acceptable. Although it reads fine in my head, I feel a bit uncomfortable placing although after the word which. [...] our ...
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"Which" with an independent clause

I've seen the classic "that" vs "which" debate. However, I'm unsure about which to use in the case of joining a clause with "and". For instance, in Proper Confidence: Faith, Doubt, and Certainty in ...
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Yet another which/that question [duplicate]

"Acme is an open development platform which enables the distribution of knowledge between IT experts and organizations globally." Is it which or that? I've read online quite a bit, including this ...
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Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clause Question

I realize that American authors typically use "which" in nonrestrictive clauses, and "that" in restrictive clauses. But I frequently have a problem deciding whether to make a clause restrictive or non-...
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Is "A list which its items are..." wrong? [duplicate]

I'm writing a piece of documentation for a program, I want to specify the return value of a function. For sake of simplicity, I've assumed here that the function always returns a list with two items ...
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What's the usage of 'for which' in this sentence? [closed]

Each of you have been carefully selected to be in this class, for which you receive an automatic grade of A upon completion. How does for which work here? I think this is not the case where you put a ...
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Understanding the "which" [closed]

For the longest time, as I try to think a sentence, the word "which" always confuses me. Example: "I am British, which is the reason I can speak it so well." or "I am British, which it's the ...
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Are the usages of "that" and "which" correct in this sentence?

"I don't like commenting on things about anime series that people are currently watching which I have seen, and will try to refrain from doing so in the future, but I like how the art style changes ...
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Can both "that"-s be dropped in "Here's the email that he sent that I mentioned"? [closed]

Can both that-s be dropped in "Here's the email that he sent that I mentioned"? Is this grammatical: "Here's the email he sent I mentioned"?
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Is this sentence correct? Can you help me understand it?

Dossier (“a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject”) comes to English directly from the French, in which language it referred to a compendium of files, arranged in folders, ...
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Is my realative clause "for which" used correctly in this sentence?

I wanted to say that the material that was used to store documents were made of animals' bones and skins in Shang Dynasty. This is my sentence: "Bamboo strips books were invented as a replacement for ...
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Commas accompanying a "which ..." clause inside parentheses

Here is a sample sentence: The output of Tim's method (and the methods of Mark and Brad, which leverage Tim's method) is much greater than that of Tom's method. Is this correct? Do I need a ...
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Shouldn't "which" be replaced with "that" in this sample? Please elborate [closed]

Please see page 3, question 1, letter D for the sample question. (Scroll down for link) The diction in regards to this is why I'm confused. Isn't the sentence before the word "which" directive? ...
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A bursar is an important figure in UK and US universities ["which" or "and"?] has many financial responsibilities

I've asked in textranch.com to correct a sentence I've written which I was not sure of: 1) A bursar is an important figure in UK and US universities which has many financial responsibilities. I ...
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Which is linked to "which"?

I am puzzled by a sentence: A is a function of B, which depends on C. My question is: Which depends on C, A or B?
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Why is "that" preceded by a comma in this relative clause? What does it mean?

As you know, there are two types of relative clause: Type 1 The woman who lives next door is a doctor. In this example,the relative clause tells us which person or thing (or what kind of person ...
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Ambiguity in use of 'which'?

In the sentence like "I ate the ice cream, which took only 5 mins." Isn't it ambiguous in the ways that 'which' can refer to both the ice cream and the time it took to make/serve or the act of eating ...
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The film [that/which] I selected for viewing

The film that I chose for the class to watch is called The Life of Igor. The film which I chose for the class to watch is called The Life of Igor. —At the margins, are both correct? (When I say &...
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What does "that" mean at the beginning of a sentence? [closed]

"That which is certain is of no interest." Above sentence starts with a "that", which I am curious about the meaning it adds. Would anybody please explain it?
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Usage of "that", "where" and "which"

I'm Turkish. Is the sentence below correct? Information: There is an exception. It is used or defined in the module. And my field specifies this information. Sentence: This field specifies the ...
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"Those things that" or "those things which"?

Generally, "that" is used to specify a specific subset of the set under discussion, and "which" just adds some extra information about the whole set in general. E.g. My car that ...
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Using "which" without a comma

This is a follow up from this discussion. I am a patent attorney and some standard sentences that we use include this: The above-recited and other advantages and features of the disclosure will ...
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That and which usage and difference [duplicate]

This is an excerpt from a newspaper. It was this reference to the ICC that India said it could not support. Why author uses that and not which?
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How to interpret this sentence? Also, a "Which vs. That" question

I was perusing the Wikipedia article about the Transformers film series and there is a section that describes a fifth movie in the franchise. Specifically, the section begins with this sentence: ...
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How to use which?

Is it grammatically correct to say: A(x) and B(X) are the velocity and the temperature of the solution which we need to find them. Many thanks
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Should I use 'which' or 'that'? [duplicate]

I have been reading up on the correct use of 'which' and 'that' but I am still struggling. I am unsure if 'must be taken regularly' is restrictive or not. Both 'which' and 'that' sound correct to me. ...
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