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Which / That confusion

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Which followed by although

I'm curious to hear some thoughts on whether this sentence is gramatically 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 ...
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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 is blue in color ...
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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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Is Word always correct in suggesting either a comma before 'which' or else using 'that'?

In Microsoft Word, the grammar engine in certain situations suggests either placing a comma before which or replacing it with that (and not using a comma). Does the meaning of a sentence ever change ...
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that vs which vs what [duplicate]

Temporary reopen note: Pleas note that this other question here does not address what or compare it to which or that: When to use “that” and when to use “which”? Original Question Which sentence ...
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“that which” vs. “what”

What's the difference between "that which" and "what"? Which of the following sentences is correct, and how (if at all) do they differ? We only want to free technology from that which makes it ...
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“That will have to” vs “Which will have to” [duplicate]

I am not really sure if this sentence is translated correctly into English : Access keys have been researched and the implementation will be done in a future sprint, that will have something to do ...
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another term for “that ”

I was reading a book with the words and a smile that tells me that I picked the right one the two "that" in the sentence makes me uneasy. Is there another term we can use to replace the other?
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English words that are both nouns and “connectors”?

I am trying to solve a word puzzle that contains several sentences, two of which are presented below, and I have to figure out the missing words represented by the variables W1–W3: There is a W1 in ...
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What's the subordinate clause type for these two that-clause sentences below?

I am always confused about what type of subordinate clause "that" can connect. So there are two sentence below: So far the torpedo has proved a damp squib, with observers arguing that Europe has not ...
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Correct usage of *which* and *that* [duplicate]

I keep seeing written usage of which in cases where the writer clearly intends it to be restrictive. For example: "Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?" "It ...
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Relative Clause: 'that' & 'which'

Here'are two sentences: It's not beer WHICH destroys people, it's beer WHICH does it to them. It's not beer THAT destroys people, it's beer THAT does it to them. Pretty weird sentences but they are ...
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“that is” or “which is” [duplicate]

I am writing an article in BE and I try to remain formal. I have a difficulty with that and which: (meaningless sentences) We move from our old car to the truck that is his new means of ...
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When citing a paper and describing its purpose, is it correct to use a comma to describe the contents?

My question is in regards to the following sentence and has two parts: Bitcoin is a clever solution to the Byzantine Generals Problem[2], which describes the issue of trusting data transmitted over ...
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Difference between that and which. Can that follow a comma? [duplicate]

1) Eventually, we developed a strategy, grounded in prospect theory and its associated biases like loss-aversion and availability heuristic, which exploited the tendencies of players to fold too often ...
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Difference between 'which' and 'that' in restrictive (defining) relative clauses

Excuse me if this topic has been brought up before though I couldn't find it. It seems that there are many similar topics related to both defining and non-defining clauses but there is still one ...
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What part of speech is “that” in this phrase?

I know that "that" can function as many different parts of speech, so what part of speech is it in the phrase "the stuff that dreams are made of"?
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Can I use “which” and “that” together? [duplicate]

I love everybody, but it is your ignorance that which I cannot stand. Can I say that which in the statement I made?
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For which reason vs For that reason

I know that 'which' and 'that' open non-restrictive and restrictive clauses, respectively. However, intuitively, it seems to me that they don't have the same functions in the phrases 'for which reason'...
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That vs Which usage [duplicate]

Iraq was first destroyed by the U.S. military and now it's being reconstructed by the U.S. corporations, which were the cause of its deliberate destruction. Can we use that instead of which here?
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Do I use a comma before “that” or “which” here?

Let's say I'm describing what some person is currently doing, and I say: He is reading articles which he is summarizing in his blog. Is this sentence (and specifically, this usage of "which") ...
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What's the difference in meaning of the two sentences?

A good watchdog barks loudly when strangers come on your property, which gives you a feeling of security A good watchdog barks loudly when strangers come on your property which gives you a feeling of ...
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Is it true that a “which” clause should always start with a comma?

Every time when I write a sentence in Microsoft Word like this: the rats which are the food of snake are crazily growing. It always recommends me to rewrite like this: the rats, which are the ...
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Contextual difference between “That is why” vs “Which is why”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do we use “which” or “that” when referring to the preceding main clause as a whole? Please consider the below sentences. I have flunked the exam, that is why I am attending ...
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correct sentence with or without usage of “which” [closed]

In my technical report, I am bit confused that which of the following two sentences is correct or proper. An important challenge remains to be addressed in the IoT is the ease of application ...
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Do we use “which” or “that” when referring to the preceding main clause as a whole?

Sorry, I don't think I can use all the grammatical terms right, so I'll illustrate: Peptide adsorption curves may cross [...] results in the inversion of peptide elution order. I've found a ...
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“… that … with …” and “… which … with …”

The fact that I communicated to Mona is irrelevant. The fact that I communicated with Mona is irrelevant. The only difference might seem to be the different prepositions, with and to. Now, try ...