Re: That and Which--is it

Subject: Re: That and Which--is it
From: Marilynne Smith <m -dot- smith182 -at- GENIE -dot- GEIS -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 1994 18:06:00 UTC

Once you have the distinction down between *that* and *which* you will find
that you appreciate it. The words flow smoothly and the ideas are stronger.
In this case, I think the reader does get the meaning, though perhaps not
as clearly as you and I. I try to make the distinction in my own writing,
remembering that Fowler doesn't say the use of *which* is incorrect, only
that using *that* in the case of a clause that restricts is preferable.

As to my reviewers, I have on occasion reminded them that I am the expert on
editorial matters and their expertise lies in the technical area. People
who teach writing to technical professions are often more concerned about
teaching writing, not editorial skills.

m -dot- smith182 -at- genie -dot- geis -dot- com

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