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What vs. which #1 (permalink) Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:39 am   What vs. which
 

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #93 "Why Questions", question 2

......... is measured by the Richter Scale?

(a) What
(b) Which
(c) Where
(d) Who

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #93 "Why Questions", answer 2

What is measured by the Richter Scale?

Correct answer: (a) What
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What #2 (permalink) Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:25 pm   What
 

'What' is the correct option here, because the question is about what thing among an unlimited number of possibilities. 'Which' refers to what thing from a small or limited number of answers.
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What book are those lines from? vs Which book are those lines from? #3 (permalink) Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:45 pm   What book are those lines from? vs Which book are those lines from?
 

1) What book are those lines from?
2) Which book are those lines from?


Can someone please tell me which of the above sentences sounds natural? When do I use what and when which?
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What book are those lines from? vs Which book are those lines from? #4 (permalink) Wed Jun 24, 2009 13:46 pm   What book are those lines from? vs Which book are those lines from?
 

Good afternoon Daemon. I believe that the first is the correct form to use.

1) What book are those lines from?

Which would be used when there are only a couple of items to choose between. What is used where a limitless number of items are in question.
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What vs. which #5 (permalink) Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:47 am   What vs. which
 

Hi
What is the meaning of word "measured"?
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What vs. which #6 (permalink) Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:46 am   What vs. which
 

what class do you study in? or which class do you study in? & what company do you work in? Or which company do you work in? please tell me which one is correct
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What vs. which #7 (permalink) Sat Oct 01, 2011 8:56 am   What vs. which
 

Use 'which' when there are a set number of classes/companies to choose between. (For example, when you are asking about classes in a particular establishment or about companies in a particular field).

Use 'what' where a limitless number of classes/companies are in question.
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