Differences between "which" and "that"

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I still don't know when to use which...can anyone help!?!?

e.g. when I type "It is a type of food which consists of.." in the computer, it says I should change it to "that"...but "that" doesn't sound right in this case.
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I still don't know when to use which...can anyone help!?!?

e.g. when I type "It is a type of food which consists of.." in the computer, it says I should change it to "that"...but "that" doesn't sound right in this case.
ignore the computer. which is fine
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I still don't know when to use which...can anyone help!?!?

e.g. when I type "It is a type of food which consists of.." in the computer, it says I should change it to "that"...but "that" doesn't sound right in this case.
I get that all the time. It either says which and a comma or that.

But which is fine
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Thanks guys!!
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I always have fights with Microsoft Word about it. I just ignore it and keep 'which'
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just turn off the stupid spell checker and rely on your own (far superior) intelligence
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(Original post by wigman15)
I still don't know when to use which...can anyone help!?!?

e.g. when I type "It is a type of food which consists of.." in the computer, it says I should change it to "that"...but "that" doesn't sound right in this case.
Is it the bird THAT flew overhead **** on my head or the bird WHICH flew overhead **** on my head?

It is THAT.

THAT is used to distinguish one of many. There may have been many birds singing in the trees but it was THE ONE THAT flew overhead that **** on my head.

Does that help?
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I still don't know when to use which...can anyone help!?!?

e.g. when I type "It is a type of food which consists of.." in the computer, it says I should change it to "that"...but "that" doesn't sound right in this case.
"That" and "which" are pretty similar, but "which" is usually more elegant. That's what my English tutor told me anyway :confused:
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Thanks Howard and Eeyore
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"That" and "which" are pretty similar, but "which" is usually more elegant. That's what my English tutor told me anyway :confused:
There's a clear grammatical difference so if your English tutor really distinguished the two with that explanation he or she has no place tutoring English.
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Microsoft word works on American Grammar, which states that "which" is inappropriate in a lot of places that it is deemed appropriate in Britain. If you're worried about it then google for a grammar guide.

(I speak as someone who spent nearly an hour working on whether to write "which" or "that" in my personal statement. I ended up reading a fifty year old grammar guide )
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