SAT2 Writing Question

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By Whtx (Whtx) on Friday, April 30, 2004 - 09:08 pm: Edit

Hi questions. How do you differentiate between the usage of "which" and "that" on the test? They both look very similiar to me.

By Yoyomama04 (Yoyomama04) on Friday, April 30, 2004 - 10:10 pm: Edit

I'm typing this verbatim from my Grammar Smart book, so hopefully I won't get busted for copyright violation!! ;-)

That can refer to people, animals and things.

Which can not refer to people.

That and which are often misused. If your relative clause is a defining clause (also called a restrictive clause) that is the better choice. A defining clause limits the group being defined; we are meant to think only of part of the group, instead of the whole. An example:

Dogs that have three legs can learn to hop quickly.

Dogs, which can be trained to do nearly anything, love to work and to play.

There are a couple more paragraphs further explaining those two examples, but if you have that book it's on pages 33-34.

Hope this helps...

By Whtx (Whtx) on Friday, April 30, 2004 - 10:14 pm: Edit

Do you write the essay in pen or pencil?

By Yoyomama04 (Yoyomama04) on Friday, April 30, 2004 - 10:27 pm: Edit

Pencil, I believe.

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