I get tons of questions on this topic.
Let’s walk through it together.
WHO is used for people. It’s a sign of respect given only to the human being/God.
THAT and WHICH you use for everything else.
THAT is to introduce restrictive clauses. The restrictive clause is one which is essential to the meaning of a sentence. If you toss it, the meaning of the entire sentences changes.
WHICH introduces the non-restrictive or parenthetical clause. Just the opposite. If you get rid of it, the fundamental meaning of the sentence won’t be altered. It’s either in brackets or set off between commas; that’s the best way to tell.
Not nearly as hard as you thought it was, right?
Ad Hoc: to this. Ad hoc refers to something that was made for a specific purpose or situation.
A Priori: If you think something a priori, you are conceiving it before seeing the facts. You’re presupposing it.
The Occasional Vocabulary Word Series returns with CINEMATHEQUE: n., a motion picture theater, often part of a university or private archive, showing experimental or historically important films.
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”–Groucho Marx
Groucho Marx on reading.
The former means advertisement.
The latter means to perform addition.
Totally irrelevant but I didn’t really understand this until I learned el subjunctivo in Spanish. Helped clarify so much.
Here we go.
When writing about something that isn’t so, that’s when you use it. (Usually follows “if” just so you know.) Change the verb TO BE to WERE.
If I WERE David Beckham’s wife, he’d be a heck of a lot happier than he is with that Posh woman. (Stop laughing.)
If David Beckham and Christopher Meloni WERE smart, they’d date me.
You get the picture.
(Grammar can get a little dry sometimes. A little humor can help.)