RE: Which, that Grammar?

Subject: RE: Which, that Grammar?
From: "Sella Rush" <srush -at- MusicNet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 14:17:40 -0800

> My favorite explanation of "that" vs "which" that doesn't
> involve confusing grammar terminology comes from a
> lovely old piece of software for the Mac called
> Editorial Advisor:
> SENTENCE 1: "I enjoy mysteries, which are suspenseful."
> MEANING: I enjoy mysteries and, as an additional fact, mysteries
> are suspenseful. The main meaning of this sentence would not
> change if the clause starting with "which" were to be deleted.
> SENTENCE 2: "I enjoy mysteries that are suspenseful."
> MEANING: The only mysteries that I enjoy are suspenseful. The
> meaning of Sentence 2 is not the same without the clause
> starting with the word "that."

That *is* a lovely explanation. Thank you!
Sella Rush
technical writer
srush -at- musicnet -dot- com

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