that, that and which

Posted on Posted in asides, journal, language - it's a beautiful thing, pre-crash

Glenda Larke has started a Sunday Writing Tips feature on her blog. Last week she focussed on the perils of the word "that". This week, she's explaining the difference between "that" and "which".

3 thoughts on “that, that and which

  1. Oooo, cool. I'm a major abuser of "that." The Grammar Police have had "talks" with me. Usually involving lead pipes.

  2. The problem with "that" is, it's just so easy. It's part of colloquial language, and speaking is rife with it. I wonder sometimes if it's necessary in speaking not because it's necessary as a word but necessary as a pause, time for our brains to make the linkages it needs. Then I think I'm full of shit 😉

    At Clarion, I scribbled out pretty much every version of "that" I came across. Even when it was actually justified. Because I did a wordcount on one of my short stories and it was adding up to 8% of the story or something stupid. Can you imagine?!

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