Which vs. That

Posted on 07-22-2015 by
Tags: Upgrading Your Skills , #writinglegally

"Below are a few highlights of exciting product enhancements we have recently released or which are coming soon:"

Is it correct as written?


A which clause (nonrestrictive) can be eliminated without altering the meaning of your sentence. Which clauses can also be used with commas.

A that clause (restrictive) can’t be eliminated without altering the meaning of your sentence.

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Posted on : 30 Jul 2015 6:09 AM

It would be great if you could include an example into the post or share a link for the same. I am really curious to know more!

Posted on : 3 Aug 2015 3:47 PM

I agree, some examples would be very helpful.

Posted on : 4 Aug 2015 9:12 PM

Hi Maureen and Rebecca,

Great question! In fact, it is often assumed that which and that were interchangeable, and it can sometimes be a struggle to get it right. According to this post via Grammar Girl, "if removing the words that follow would change the meaning of the sentence, use 'that.' Otherwise, 'which' is fine."

For example:

Dogs that bark scare me.

Dogs, which make great pets, can be expensive.

And, a couple more examples, courtesy of Brian Klems via The Writer’s Dig:

The iPad, which connects to the iCloud, was created by Apple. (All iPads connect to the iCloud, so it’s unnecessary information.)

The issue of Writer’s Digest that has Brian A. Klems picture on the cover is my favorite. (Your favorite issue of Writer’s Digest isn’t just any issue, it’s the one with Brian’s photo on the cover.)

I hope these examples are helpful to you. Thanks again for your questions! 

Posted on : 5 Aug 2015 6:54 AM

Thanks for these examples Amanda. Great pice of information!

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