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Difference between which and whom #1 (permalink) Sun Sep 25, 2005 4:21 am   Difference between which and whom
 

Test No. incompl/elem-39 "Relative Pronoun Exercises", question 6

The car to ......... you are referring happens to be mine!

(a) that
(b) whom
(c) which

Test No. incompl/elem-39 "Relative Pronoun Exercises", answer 6

The car to which you are referring happens to be mine!

Correct answer: (c) which
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Difference between which and whom #2 (permalink) Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:04 am   Difference between which and whom
 

Hi,

Which is used for things and whom for people.
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Difference between which and that #3 (permalink) Fri Feb 17, 2006 15:28 pm   Difference between which and that
 

Why can't we say:
The car that you are referring to happens to be mine.
And why ''to'' comes after the car? :roll:
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Formal vs. casual English #4 (permalink) Fri Feb 17, 2006 16:23 pm   Formal vs. casual English
 

Hello Evren,

You can say it like that, too, and it's probably more used in speech. 'To' comes after 'car' in the formal way of saying that sentence. In fact, when I started learning English, you had to say it like that, i.e. 'the car to which you are referring', especially in written English. Your way of putting it was very colloquial, at least that's what I was taught. But times change and this language goes hand in hand with them...

Another example of English grammar's laxity is that now you can say 'that' for people, whereas some time ago you were supposed to use 'who' only (personally, though, I can't get used to saying something like: 'The man that gave me this').
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Relatives #5 (permalink) Fri Feb 17, 2006 18:57 pm   Relatives
 

Hi Evren,

Another point is you can't use to followed by that. Could I suggest you have a look at some stuff I've written for the site under the heading esl lessons. If you look through the index, you'll come to Relative Pronoun 1, 2 and 3.

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Difference between which and whom #6 (permalink) Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:19 pm   Difference between which and whom
 

Test No. incompl/elem-39 "Relative Pronoun Exercises", question 6[/i]

The car to ......... you are referring happens to be mine!

(a) that
(b) whom
(c) which

Test No. incompl/elem-39 "Relative Pronoun Exercises", answer 6

The car to which you are referring happens to be mine!

Correct answer: (c) which
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Hi Teachers,

why we can't use "that" here in this sentence as "that" is used for indication of specific things whereas "which" is for unspecified things and in the above sentence speaker is saying "the car" it means that he is indicating about the specific car.

Do I get it wrong?

Please explain

Thanks in advance
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Difference between which and whom #7 (permalink) Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:21 pm   Difference between which and whom
 

Test No. incompl/elem-39 "Relative Pronoun Exercises", question 6

The car to ......... you are referring happens to be mine!

(a) that
(b) whom
(c) which

Test No. incompl/elem-39 "Relative Pronoun Exercises", answer 6

The car to which you are referring happens to be mine!

Correct answer: (c) which
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Hi Teachers,

why we can't use "that" here in this sentence as "that" is used for indication of specific things whereas "which" is for unspecified things and in the above sentence speaker is saying "the car" it means that he is indicating about the perticular thing.

Do I get it wrong?

Please explain

Thanks in advance
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Relatives #8 (permalink) Thu Mar 19, 2009 13:05 pm   Relatives
 

" Another point is you can't use " to " followed by " that."

" And just how did you come to that conclusion."?

" Did it all come down to that level. " ?.

Excuse me Alan, but these sentences all make sense, to me at least.

Seems more like my obsession to never using " got ", preferring " have " every time.
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Relatives #9 (permalink) Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:37 am   Relatives
 

Kitosdad wrote:
" Another point is you can't use " to " followed by " that."

" And just how did you come to that conclusion."?

" Did it all come down to that level. " ?.

Excuse me Alan, but these sentences all make sense, to me at least.

Seems more like my obsession to never using " got ", preferring " have " every time.

thanks Kitosdad

I didn't know that rule, we can use "to" followed by "that"
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Difference between which and whom #10 (permalink) Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:14 am   Difference between which and whom
 

Basically 'which' is a pronoun that is used for things and animals and 'whom' is a pronoun that is used for persons.For example ,
'I found a book which was lost'

'I am looking for Sara whom do you want to see'
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Difference between which and whom #11 (permalink) Wed Apr 07, 2010 14:40 pm   Difference between which and whom
 

Hi Teachers,

"that" is used for indication of specific things whereas "which" is for unspecified things and in the above sentence speaker is saying "the car" it means that he is indicating about the perticular thing.

Do I get it wrong?

Please explain

Thanks in advance
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Difference between which and whom #12 (permalink) Wed Apr 07, 2010 19:50 pm   Difference between which and whom
 

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Hi Bill,

I've just seen your comment about my post on 'that' not being preceded by a preposition. I should have made clear I was talking about 'that' as a relative pronoun and not 'that' used as a demonstrative adjective, which you have used in your sentences.

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