which


which
which [ wıtʃ, hwıtʃ ] function word ***
Which can be used in the following ways:
as a determiner (followed by a noun):
Which color do you like best?
as a pronoun (without a following noun):
Choose any card it doesn't matter which. (introducing a question):
Which is the hottest month of the year? (followed by of ):
Which of you is responsible for this department? (introducing a relative clause):
My car, which I have owned for five years, is a Ford.
1. ) used for asking for a specific choice from a limited number of possibilities:
Which would you like, tea or coffee?
Which way did they go?
which of: Which of the secretaries did you talk to?
a ) used when someone knows, says, is not certain about, etc. the specific choice between two or more possibilities:
They're all so pretty I don't know which one to choose.
It was either whisky or vodka I forget which.
Did he say which hotel he was staying at?
I don't know which is worse spending Christmas alone or watching my friends get drunk.
2. ) used for adding information or a comment about a particular thing or fact when it is already clear what that thing or fact is:
Bogart starred in the film Casablanca, which was made in 1942.
A skilled workforce is essential, which is why our training program is so important.
The search will not begin until dawn, by which time it will probably be too late.
in which case (=if this happens): Of course it may rain, in which case we'll have to hold the ceremony indoors.
3. ) => NOTE used for introducing information that shows what specific thing or type of thing you are talking about. It is more usual and considered better to use that to introduce this type of relative clause:
I've been thinking about those questions which you asked me last week.
It's a story which every child will enjoy.
the air crash in which Hammarskjöld died
know/tell which is which
to be able to see the difference between two or more similar things:
They look exactly alike to me. How can you tell which is which?

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Which — Which, pron. [OE. which, whilk, AS. hwilc, hwylc, hwelc, from the root of hw[=a] who + l[=i]c body; hence properly, of what sort or kind; akin to OS. hwilik which, OFries. hwelik, D. welk, G. welch, OHG. wel[=i]h, hwel[=i]h, Icel. hv[=i]l[=i]kr,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • which — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, of what kind, which, from Old English hwilc; akin to Old High German wilīh of what kind, which, Old English hwā who, gelīk like more at who, like Date: before 12th century 1. being what one or ones out of a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • which — See: GAME AT WHICH TWO CAN PLAY …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • which is which — {n. phr.} Which is one person or thing and which is the other; one from another; what the difference is between different ones; what the name of each one is. * /Joe s coat and mine are so nearly alike that I can t tell which is which./ * /Mr.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • which is which — {n. phr.} Which is one person or thing and which is the other; one from another; what the difference is between different ones; what the name of each one is. * /Joe s coat and mine are so nearly alike that I can t tell which is which./ * /Mr.… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • which was which — See: WHICH is WHICH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • which was which — See: WHICH is WHICH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • In Which We Serve — Infobox Film name = In Which We Serve caption = deletable image caption imdb id = 0034891 writer = Noel Coward starring = Noel Coward John Mills Bernard Miles Celia Johnson director = David Lean producer = Noel Coward music = Clifton Parker… …   Wikipedia

  • not know which way to turn — or[not know which way to jump] {v. phr} To be puzzled about getting out of a difficulty; not know what to do to get out of trouble. * /When Jane missed the last bus home, she didn t know which way to turn./ * /After Mr. Brown died, Mrs. Brown had …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • not know which way to turn — or[not know which way to jump] {v. phr} To be puzzled about getting out of a difficulty; not know what to do to get out of trouble. * /When Jane missed the last bus home, she didn t know which way to turn./ * /After Mr. Brown died, Mrs. Brown had …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • The Mysticete or whalebone whales having no true teeth after birth but with a series of plates of whalebone see Baleen hanging down from the upper jaw on each side thus making a strainer through which they receive the small animals upon which they feed — Cetacea Ce*ta ce*a, n. pl. [NL., from L. cetus whale, Gr. ?.] (Zo[ o]l.) An order of marine mammals, including the whales. Like ordinary mammals they breathe by means of lungs, and bring forth living young which they suckle for some time. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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