It is time for your Editing 101 … Susan Uttendorfsky of Adirondack Editing with an explanation about not getting your Which tangled with your That – it is down to necessity.. find out why… over on The Story Reading Ape.. oh and Susan is taking questions.. don’t miss out on an opportunity to find out more.
Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.
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When to use “which” or “that”?
This is a grammar conundrum which is specific to the US, and that confused me for quite some time myself. If you’re in the UK or elsewhere that uses UK style, you probably don’t even need to read this post, as it will simply confuse you. Just keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll be fine.
For all you United States writers, heads up and pay attention!
Many people feel “which” and “that” are interchangeable. I used to think so, too, until I did some research and discovered there is indeed a difference. The usage difference stems from whether or not the information following which/that is necessary to the sentence (nonrestrictive) or unnecessary (restrictive). (I…
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