Ireland, which/ that is her birth place [birthplace]

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s21d

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hindi
She has gone to Ireland, which/ that is her birth place.

Which relative pronoun is appropriate here?
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    "Which" not only sounds better, it is correct. ;)
    I agree, if you're going to use a word in that position.

    But S21d, no word is needed there; it's perfectly correct to say: She has gone to Ireland, her birthplace. (Birthplace is one word, not two.)
     

    Wordsmyth

    Senior Member
    Native language: English (BrE)
    "Which" not only sounds better, it is correct. ;)
    :thumbsup:

    And if you're wondering why, s21d, you could use the thread title search to look for 'that/which'; you could also try 'restrictive'.

    In "She has gone to Ireland, which is her birth place", the subordinate clause is non-restrictive: it doesn't define a particular 'Ireland'; it just provides extra information. So "which", preceded by a comma, is correct.

    Ws:)
     
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