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Who; whom; what (of those mentioned or implied)
Etymology: hwilc, from Proto-Germanic, the former being the stem of. Cognates include German welcher, Dutch welk and Old Norse hvílíkr.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: hwilc , Saxon; welk, Dutch.
The apostles term it the pledge of our heavenly inheritance, sometimes the handsel or earnest of that which is to come. Richard Hooker, b. v.
Do they not blaspheme that worthy name, by the which ye are called? Ja. ii. 7.
In destructions by deluge, the remnant which hap to be reserved are ignorant. Francis Bacon.
To which their want of judging abilities, add also their want of opportunity to apply to such a serious consideration as may let them into the true goodness and evil of things, which are qualities which seldom display themselves to the first view. Robert South, Sermons.
The queen of furies by their side is set,
And snatches from their mouths th’ untasted meat,
Which, if they touch, her hissing snakes she rears. Dryden.
After the several earths, consider the parts of the surface of this globe which is barren, as sand and rocks. John Locke.
The Almighty, which giveth wisdom to whomsoever it pleaseth him, did, for the good of his church, stay those eager affections. Richard Hooker.
Do you hear, sir, of a battle?
———— Every one hears that,
Which can distinguish sound. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Had I been there, which am a silly woman,
The soldiers should have toss’d me on their pikes,
Before I would have granted to that act. William Shakespeare, H. VI.
Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit
Of that forbidden tree, whose mortal taste. John Milton.
What is the night?
—— Almost at odds with morning, which is which. William Shakespeare.
Two fair twins,
The puzzled strangers which is which enquire. Thomas Tickell.
of what sort or kind; what; what a; who
a interrogative pronoun, used both substantively and adjectively, and in direct and indirect questions, to ask for, or refer to, an individual person or thing among several of a class; as, which man is it? which woman was it? which is the house? he asked which route he should take; which is best, to live or to die? See the Note under What, pron., 1
a relative pronoun, used esp. in referring to an antecedent noun or clause, but sometimes with reference to what is specified or implied in a sentence, or to a following noun or clause (generally involving a reference, however, to something which has preceded). It is used in all numbers and genders, and was formerly used of persons
a compound relative or indefinite pronoun, standing for any one which, whichever, that which, those which, the . . . which, and the like; as, take which you will
Etymology: [OE. which, whilk, AS. hwilc, hwylc, hwelc, from the root of hw who + lc body; hence properly, of what sort or kind; akin to OS. hwilik which, OFries. hwelik, D. welk, G. welch, OHG. welh, hwelh, Icel. hvlkr, Dan. & Sw. hvilken, Goth. hwileiks, hwleiks; cf. L. qualis. . See Who, and Like, a., and cf. Such.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hwich, interrog. pron. what one of a number?—also used adjectively.—rel. pron. (obs.) who, whom: now used of things only.—prons. Whichev′er, Whichsoev′er, every one which: whether one or other.—(obs.) Which...he, who; Which...his, whose—surviving in the vulgar use of which as a mere introductory word; Which is which? which is the one, which is the other? a common phrase denoting inability to decide between two or more things.—The which (obs.), which. [A.S. hwilc, hwelc, from hwí, instrumental case of hwá, who, and líc, like; Goth. hwei-leiks, Ger. welch, welcher; L. qualis. Cf. Such and Each.]
A relative pronoun.
The company which released the new software were happy to open-source the code for it to be improved.
Submitted by MaryC on April 8, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'Which' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #30
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Rank popularity for the word 'Which' in Written Corpus Frequency: #80
The numerical value of Which in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Which in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of Which in a Sentence
I ’m terribly overwhelmed with sincere gratitude, i don’t know where I would be right now if it wasn't for everyone saying, ‘ Yes, I want to help.' They’ve given me a continuation of my life to which was rapidly falling apart. My gratitude is endless.
The gain in existing home sales in September reflects contracts signed earlier in the summer, mBA's purchase application data showed an 8 % gain in September, which is evidence of growing demand for buying a home and supports further sales increases in the months ahead.
Overall, the strength in products, which is now over 20 million barrels per day, and the seasonality heading into peak driving season should give a bullish bias to today’s data points.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon:
If we're serious about tackling ISIL, in the end we have to be prepared to strike at ISIL headquarters, which is in Syria, not Iraq.
We are committed to transparency – which means sharing where we are and where we plan to go. We encourage other companies to join us by transparently sharing their progress.
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- कौन कौन सेHindi
- cái nàoVietnamese
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