Which or that as relative pronouns

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    When it comes to relative pronouns, there exists a subtle difference between “which” and “that”. In fact, when we are NOT defining an object (Not a Person) and some information is being added to the object, it is a mistake to use “That”.
    Examples:
    1) He opened a company in England, which employed around 20 workers. [Correct]
    2) He opened a company in England, that employed around 20 workers.[Grammatically Incorrect]

    P.S. This point in mentioned in Cambridge Grammar book as well.

  • #44068 Reply

    Also I can add that when the relative pronoun is to provide information about something or somebody that is completely indefinite to us, it’s better to use “that” and you shall not put a comma before “that”. However, when the entity is relatively definite or we already have some information about it, it’s better to use “which” and put a comma before it.

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