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# A challenging sentence (at least to me!)

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15 Jul 2004, 11:55
"If you can't protect that which you own, then you don't own anything."

Could someone comment on why that and which right next to each other?

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15 Jul 2004, 12:12
seems like this is from some movie
Quote:
"If you can't protect that which you own, then you don't own anything."

"That" needs an antecedent here. even if that is added, that which can reasonably be replaced with WHAT to emphasize on specific details.
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15 Jul 2004, 12:27
Nope...It is from apress release ..
It is from http://www.2600.com/news/0114-mpaa/press_release.txt.

I agree 'what' would be much better..But since this article seems to come from a legitimate source, I just wanted to analyze and understand it.
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15 Jul 2004, 12:32
afife76 wrote:
Nope...It is from apress release ..
It is from http://www.2600.com/news/0114-mpaa/press_release.txt.

I agree 'what' would be much better..But since this article seems to come from a legitimate source, I just wanted to analyze and understand it.

there is no doubt that this sentence conveys the intended meaning (I too read the article). But it don't assure that it is grammatically correct. Anyway, I am also looking for a valid explanation for it
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15 Jul 2004, 20:44
I read a couple of arguments, each suggested that "What" is the most concise to use in this context. "That which", however, conveys the meaning, as I said earlier, is wordy and inappropriate.

Hope this helps.
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15 Jul 2004, 21:13
"that which" is more of a formal, archaic use but does indeed parallel the use of "what".
A similar example would be:
He who lives by the sword dies by the sword
pronoun + relative pronoun
Again, a more formal use of english - archaic indeed but not wrong
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