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# Does 'which' refer only to things?

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Director
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Does 'which' refer only to things? [#permalink]

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05 Nov 2007, 12:07
Can someone please comment on my doubt. Does 'which' refer only to things?

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/pronouns1.htm#relative
says that 'which' refers to things but it does not say that 'which' refers ONLY to things.

I want a consensus on this before I apply what could be a very useful rule to eliminate answer choices.

For example, can 'which' refer to time, event etc? Or should it strictly be used for "things"?
Thanks.
Director
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05 Nov 2007, 13:33
Anyone?
Manager
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Schools: UCLA Anderson School of Mgmt (FEMBA Class of 2013)
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05 Nov 2007, 14:22
which can refer to thing, place, or idea. Except person.
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05 Nov 2007, 14:28
soomodh wrote:
which can refer to thing, place, or idea. Except person.

I am not sure if it can refer to an idea. For place/location, I think we need 'where'. Correct me if I am wrong.
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05 Nov 2007, 14:29
eyunni wrote:
Anyone?

Ok. look, which is mostly used in GMAT in Modifier SCs and you will not most of the time see it in other SCs.

Which mainly refers or introduces things that modify things and almost always brings trouble in gmat. in general grammar it might be different with additional explanations.

Which is removable almost always
ex.Top GMAT score, which is required by may top schools, is hard to achieve.
now remove which, and see how it works
Top GMAT score, required by may top schools, is hard to achieve.

you even do not need to use it but it mainly refers to things: colors, houses, equipment, holidays (event) and so on.
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05 Nov 2007, 14:31
eyunni wrote:
soomodh wrote:
which can refer to thing, place, or idea. Except person.

I am not sure if it can refer to an idea. For place/location, I think we need 'where'. Correct me if I am wrong.

Hawaii, which is a part of states, is a nice place to have a holiday
Hawaii, where you can have a nice time on holiday, is a small island
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05 Nov 2007, 14:36
Ravshonbek wrote:
eyunni wrote:
soomodh wrote:
which can refer to thing, place, or idea. Except person.

I am not sure if it can refer to an idea. For place/location, I think we need 'where'. Correct me if I am wrong.

Hawaii, which is a part of states, is a nice place to have a holiday
Hawaii, where you can have a nice time on holiday, is a small island

Thanks Ravshonbek.
05 Nov 2007, 14:36
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