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Difference Between Which And Witch

“Which” is a relative pronoun just like “who” or “whom”.  Who and whom are used   to refer to people, while which is used to refer to things or inanimate objects or animals.  For example, “The man who is blind, walks with a stick;” or “The book which is on the table, belongs to me”.  In either case, the phrase with who or which must come immediately after the person/object being described.  See more examples below:

  • The opportunity which is lost is lost forever. 
  • The books which I read are of no interest to my husband. 
  • The dog which I recently bought is a fox terrier. 
  • The man was said to be drunk, which was not true. 
  • Frank said he saw Maria at the crime scene, which was a lie. 
  • The bomb was a dud and did not go off, which was fortunate. 
  • Mabel gave the beggar a dollar, which was all she had. 
  • The ice-cream which I bought for dessert was eaten in no time.  
  • There are many differences in people’s facial features, which help us recognize them. 
  • Black is a colour which people associate with mourning. 
  • We finally managed to lose the police car which was tailing us. 

“Which” is sometimes an interrogative pronoun, meaning it is used to ask a question.  It can be used for persons or things.

  • Which dress do you prefer, the red or the yellow one? 
  • Which of you has spilt paint on the floor? 
  • Which picture do you like best? 
  • Which subject is more difficult, History or Geography? 
  • Which school do you attend? 
  • Which famous monument is in the New York harbour?
  • Which wine does Paul like – white or red?
  • Which is the most populated State of Canada?
  • Which of these boys scored the goal?
  • Which of the teachers do you like best?
  • Which lipstick looks best on me, pink or red?
  • Which witch has a twitch in her face? 

“Witch” is a noun signifying a woman who is believed to have magical powers and who uses them to harm or help other people. Witches were persecuted all over western Europe from the 15th to the 17th century, as it was claimed that they had dealings with the Devil.  Many children’s stories have a wicked witch in them who rides around the world on a broomstick.  In today’s times it applies to an unpleasant and ugly woman.

  • In the story, a wicked witch put a curse on the princess. 
  • The witch put a magic spell on the prince and turned him into a frog. 
  • Harry didn’t take it too well that Sam had called his girlfriend an evil, ugly witch. 
  • She is a witch who puts on saintly airs. 
  • The three witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth brewed a potion and sang a song of which the last verse was:- 
    Double, double toil and trouble;  
    Fire burn and caldron bubble.  
    Cool it with a baboon’s blood,  
    And then the charm is firm and good. 
  • “Looks like we got an ugly witch here” commented John about the rude sales girl. 
  • A panel of scientists observing a séance, called the girls harlots and witches. 
  • You are so scheming that I am sure you were a witch in your last life. 
  • Witches are portrayed with tall black hats, black robes, and riding broomsticks. 
  • Sue is such a witch; she deliberately broke up Mark and Mary’s romance.

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[0]Wren and Martin High School English Grammar http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/

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