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Dear Ted:

Should I use "that" or "which" in the sentence below?

The street market WHICH / THAT is held near my house.

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Should I use "that" or "which" in the sentence below?

The street market WHICH / THAT is held near my house.

*** From "Hodges' Harbrace Handbook" -- THAT has traditionally been used with a restrictive clause:  The cup THAT is on the table is full. . . . Increasingly, however, writers are using these interchangeably and the distinction between them is becoming blurred.

*** I prefer the "traditional way" -- The street market THAT is held near my house.

Ted

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