'Which' vs 'That'

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'Which' vs 'That'

Post by scruffy » Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:21 am

I'm trying to polish up on my grammar and am wondering when it is appropriate to use 'which' over 'that' in introducing relative clauses.

For example:

"I often buy cheese that is imported from Paris."
"I often buy cheese which is imported from Paris."


"He showed us how to create a computer game which was very interesting."
"He showed us how to create a computer game that was very interesting."

I attempted to search the forums but I'm afraid I don't know the English terminology enough to get past the 'simple word' filter. I couldn't find a way to phrase a question [which?/that?] would register.

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Re: 'Which' vs 'That'

Post by Alan » Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:25 am

Both are possible, but in restrictive relative clauses such as these 'that' is more common/natural.