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I'm a pedant. I'm a lawyer for crying out loud. Yet I do not understand when to use that and when to use which. I've just looked at a load of grammar sites and am still none the wiser.Please please put me out of my misery (without referring to restrictive or non-restrictive clauses)!
The defining and non-defining relative clause thingy <<<technical word there is easier to understand with a "who" sentence:My sister who is a nurse lives in Birmingham.My sister, who is a nurse, lives in Birmingham. How many sisters? Sentence 1- I have more than 1 sister, therefore the "who is a nurse" can't be lifted out of the sentence and still make it comprehensible as to which one I mean.Sentence 2 - I only have 1 sister and am giving you some extra (and non-essential) information. I could lift that bit between the commas out and you would still know who I am talking about.That can replace which/who (but is considered less formal) in defining clauses only. (rule of thumb, if both which/that can be used, which is "more correct" (ie sounds better and more formal)
Brilliant I get it now.
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