THAT and WHICH

A reader wrote asking about the correct use of the relative pronouns that and which. I give quite a number of examples of their use in relative clauses but had overlooked listing the rules governing their use. I’ve now added that information to the Pronoun Problems page under the heading Relative Pronouns: That, Which, Who, Whose, Whom.

For punctuating relative clauses see Restrictive and Non-Restrictive Modifiers in the Punctuation section.

I warmly recommend the excellent full discussion of relative pronouns in Wikipedia under “English Relative Clauses”.

2 comments on “THAT and WHICH
  1. René Frelink says:

    Thank you!

    Finally somebody who teaches English grammar in an manner that’s easy to understand. I’ve been struggeling for years trying to grasp al the intricasies of the beautiful language that is English.
    In teaching Dutch to native speakers of English I’ve been using this site many times and I intend to keep on doing so.
    Kind regards.

    • Dr_Ron_Rower says:

      Hi René, thank you very much. I’m glad you find the site useful, and I hope you and your students continue to use it 🙂

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