On Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 9:22 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> writes:
>> Sure, I'm not arguing with trying to be formal.  The grammatical rule
>> that you're describing doesn't exist for me, though.  I believe that
>> "that" can only introduce a restrictive clause, whereas "which" can
>> introduce either a descriptive or a restrictive clause.
> Yeah, as was noted downthread, that's the British view of it.

Even in the Midwest I have frequently heard people arguing to avoid
"that" in most situations where either could work.  I ran into one
professor who went to what I considered silly lengths to expurgate
the word from documents.

> Anyway, we've probably beaten this horse to death.

Just to be sure of that, I'll cite the Chicago Manual of Style (my
preferred style guide), which seems to chart a course somewhere in
the middle:


Kevin Grittner
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