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WHICH vs WHAT: How to Use What vs Which in English?

Which vs What!!! When do you use what or which? Below is the explanation of the difference between what vs which and when to use them.

Which vs What

Which or What? What’s the difference between What vs Which?

They are two common interrogative pronouns in English.

The main difference between which and what is that which is used for a limited number of choices, what is used for an unlimited number of choices.

Which Definition and Examples

Which is used for a limited number of choices.

Which Examples:

  • Which part are you auditioning for?
  • Which one do you like better?
  • Which country is the predominant member of the alliance?
  • Which is the best route to take?
  • Which book are you looking for?
  • Which is the largest city in the world?
  • Which department do you work for?

What Definition and Examples

What is used for an unlimited number of choices.

What Examples:

  • What do you suggest I order?
  • What was the cause of the fire?
  • What is the significance of this speech?
  • What time do you start boarding?
  • What is the intent of that sentence?
  • What flavor of ice cream do you like?
  • What is the height of the mountain?

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Dennis Tukak
Dennis Tukak
3 years ago

What flavor of ice cream do you like?
I would think there’s a limited number of flavors.
So I think you can use both here, which and what.

neusa caetano de lima
neusa caetano de lima
2 years ago

Which is your favorite(favourite) food?
According to the explanation above, I understand that we use ‘Which is your favorite food? ‘ depending on the context, that means if we have 2 or more different types of food to be chosen it is fine, however, if the context involves only one option of favourite food, than we should use the interrogative pronoun WHAT’s your favourite food?. Thanks neusa.

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