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which is indicated“ vs. ”is indicated

The question is about the use of: which is indicated and is indicated Examples: Visible need in this area, which is indicated by the number of articles and books on the subject. 1a. Visible need ...
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“Which” or “what” when there is a choice between implicit popular items?

How would you say the following questions: What/which Mac OS X version do you use? What/which graphic design software will you use? ? I have read "Which" vs. "what" — what'...
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Using 'which city' and 'what city' in the lcontext described below? [duplicate]

I recently came across this question: What city or area are you looking for? My instinct was to correct it to 'Which city or area are you looking for?' The info I came across on the internet ...
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What or which before plural noun

Is "What things are safe?", instead of "which things are safe?", grammatical and good usage? Here is an example in a (simplified) context: In this formula, we use predicate Psafe, ...
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What or which is your Windows version? [duplicate]

Which one is the correct one? 1) What is your Windows version? 2) Which is your Windows version? 3) Both are correct
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“Which” or “what” or … when referring to a main clause?

There are many answered questions that address the usage of "which" and "what" on this site—many of them marked as duplicates—and there is even a specific tag for this topic. But I could ...
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Is “that which” grammatical in the sentence “I have that which I should have told you summers ago”, and if so, how?

This is my first question although I have been reading you for a long time. My question is: can that which be used with the meaning of something? For me, that is a demonstrative pronoun, so you can ...
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“What author” wrote this novel?

I have read a line in a book "What friend did you hang out with ?" and thought it was an error. However , I came across an English textbook that also used the same construction. What American ...
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Usage of “what” in questions [closed]

My teacher asked me, What friends were you hanging out with? I think maybe she was wrong or maybe I do not know the other uses of "what" in asking questions.
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Can someone please explain the validity of “Noun is.” as an answer to a question

I am first language English and currently supporting a Japanese teacher in teaching Japanese students English. I've run across an issue twice where my initial reaction was to call it an error, but it ...
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What/which problems do/does your organization solve?

Which is grammatically correct? 1. What problems do your organization solve? 2. What problems does your organization solve? 3. Which problems do your organization solve? 4. ...
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Using “What” or “Which” with superlatives [duplicate]

Is "Which is the longest river in the world?" correct OR "What is the longest river in the world?" OR are both of these correct? Please explain with reasons. Thanks!
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Grammatical reason for using “what” in “a technical medical term for *what* most people refer to as…” [duplicate]

Below is the question and the answer is "what." Xerosis is a technical medical term for ___ most people refer to as dry skin. From my instinct, I understood why "what" should be an answer. The ...
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Which are or What are [duplicate]

is this correct? Which are the different methods by which you can search... or What are the different methods by which you can search...
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Why is it Wrong to use what in place of which (Context of American English) | Specific to GMAT [duplicate]

(B) According to some analysts, the gains in the stock market reflect growing confidence in the economy to avoid the recession, what many feared earlier in the year, rather to come This is an ...
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which is your favourite game /what is your favourite game [duplicate]

I want to know the difference between what and which, and between who and which For example : what is your favourite game / which is your favourite game
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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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“which day is Friday” vs. “what day is Friday”

Thanks to: "Which" vs. "what" — what's the difference and when should you use one or the other? I know that "what" can replace "which" in the examples below. But which ...
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How to phrase a question to know a person's current number in a particular position? [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out how to phrase a question to know a person's current number in a position. For example: Mr. X is the 15th prime minister of India. What is the correct question to ask ...
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Which vs. What in regards to Continuous Numbers (like Temperature)?

As this question makes clear, "which" is used when there is a set number of choices available, while "what" is used when there is not a set number of choices available. Which term do we use, however, ...
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Usage of “what”

We recently did a test and we stumbled upon the following sentence: This film is better than ... we saw yesterday. With the answers: a, which b, - c, what d, that I choose "what" and the book ...
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“This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy”

Lately I have heard many people using what in place of which in adjectival phrases: This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy. This cake, which is my favorite, makes me happy. Is the ...
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Can we use 'for what' in relative clauses?

I feel that the following sentence is not correct: He wants to paint the walls of his flat, for what he needs the best tools. So 'what' refers to the whole first clause in the sentence. Okay, I ...
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What data or which data?

I want to ask, what/which data different model combinations are using, so do I have to say: Which data is used by the model combinations? or: What data is used by the model combinations?
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“-ing” or “which” for description?

I think this sentence is standard English: 1A. John swung his arm wildly, hitting Jane in the head. And it approximately means: 1B John swung his arm wildly and he hit Jane in the head. ...
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“what” as a form of “which” [duplicate]

Is it standard to use "what" as a form of "which," such as in the sentence: The tour guide let us know what items were permitted to be taken along on the trip. In this instance I prefer "what" ...
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Usage of “Which” and “What” [duplicate]

Which is your most favourite subject in school ? What is your most favourite subject in school ? Which one is acceptable? If both are acceptable, do they have any difference in meaning?
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Use of “What kind”, and “What kind” vs “Which kind”

If we want to know the exact kind of a group of brids, should we say: A: "What is the kind of these birds?" or B: "What kind of birds are these birds"? If the questions above are phrased ...
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“Which” or “what”

Much of (what/which) scientists know about dinosaurs has been recently discovered. The phenomenon of (what/which) are known as corporate networks has also attracted attention. And yes, the answer is ...
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“for which” vs. “for what”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: "Which" vs "what" - what's the difference and when should you use one or the other? Q: What's the rule-of-thumb on "for which" vs. "for what" usage? I ...
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“To which extent?” vs. “To what extent?”

Is there a difference in meaning between "to which extent" and "to what extent"? Are they used in different geographical areas?
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“Which” vs. “what” — what's the difference and when should you use one or the other?

Most of the time one or the other feels better, but every so often, "which" vs. "what" trips me up. So, what's the exact difference and when should you use one or the other?