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Which Or That: Grammar Errors

Updated on May 30, 2016
My sketch of "which" or "that."
My sketch of "which" or "that." | Source

When To Use That Or Which - Mrs. Twitches

The words which and that cause many headaches. This is why Mrs. Twitches has an eye twitch. The incorrect use of which and that were spreading in the English language. They caused a number of dire headaches for Mrs. Twitches. She’s on her way to recovery, though. You needn’t worry. She just has a permanent eye twitch that is probably just a neurological glitch. She just requests that people watch their whiches so Mrs. Twitches won’t fall into any more ditches as a result of her twitches.

Did you know that Mrs. Twitches loves to rhyme? She does it all the time. She loves to wear pink, and utterly hates to make grammar stinks, but she will if she can’t think.

Mrs. Twitches would like to talk about the word which and how people use it. She believes that the word which is expendable. Not expandable like her waistline, but expendable.

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My quick sketch of Mrs. Twitches with her eye twitching.
My quick sketch of Mrs. Twitches with her eye twitching. | Source

Using Which

The word which generally shows up in a sentence in a non-restrictive clause. Mrs. Twitches recognizes that people don’t always want to know the ins and outs of grammar rules. So before she gets another case of eye twitch from the incorrect use of which, she will tell you that these non-restrictive clauses basically add information to a sentence – information that doesn’t have to be there. These clauses are set off by commas.

Mrs. Twitches has an eye twitch, which she has had for years, in her left eye.

Now, if the part of the sentence with the word which is left out, you will see that the meaning of the sentence doesn’t change:

Mrs. Twitches has an eye twitch in her left eye.

The only difference is that we don’t have the extra information that she’s had twitches for years. Poor thing. That’s a lot of twitching. No wonder she’s unhitched.

Because the meaning of the sentence doesn’t change – Mrs. Twitches still has a twitch in her left eye – the part of the sentence surrounded by commas isn’t required. This is a non-restrictive clause.

Mrs. Twitches was sitting in her Chevy, which was old and rusty, when her britches began to feel heavy.

Do we really care about the fact that the Chevy was old and rusty when compared to Mrs. Twitches’ pants feeling heavy? Nah, old and rusty isn’t necessary to get the disturbing meaning of that sentence. Maybe it was that Manwich that Mrs. Twitches ate. A little canned sloppy joe sauce on a bun anyone?

In any case, the non-restrictive clause can appear at the end of the sentence:

Mrs. Twitches often wears pink shirts with brown britches, which is practically every day.

We would still understand that Mrs. Twitches wears her pink shirts and brown britches a lot, without the clause at the end of the sentence. The information after the word which just gives us a little bit more information to indicate how often, but we don’t require that information to understand that sentence.

If you remember nothing else, remember this: just as Mrs. Twitches throws out her britches, you, too, can throw out the whiches.

My sketch of a glitchy twitch.
My sketch of a glitchy twitch. | Source

Using That

Mrs. Twitches has had enough of the britches business. She’d like to discuss when to use the word that. She’s going to take liberties and tell you that her pantyhose are quite restrictive. But if they weren’t, she would have a problem. In the same way, restrictive clauses must stay in the sentence. If not, you will have a problem.

Those pesky restrictive clauses needn’t be a threat. Mrs. Twitches understands how that can sound intimidating. But restrictive clauses are just a part of the sentence. They have the word that in them, and don’t even have any commas.

Mrs. Twitches wired the ignition switch that broke in her Chevy.

My, there’s more to Mrs. Twitches than we previously thought. She hotwired her truck! If we didn’t know that her ignition switch broke, then we’d have to wonder why Mrs. Twitches was hotwiring the Chevy. Maybe she wanted to flirt with Mr. Glitches. Who knows?

Mrs. Twitches wore her pink dress that had brown stitches to town.

Now where would we be if Mrs. Twitches didn’t have those stitches holding her dress together? Besides, she had her eyes – at least the non-twitching one – set on Mr. Glitches.

Mrs. Twitches drove by the street that Mr. Glitches lived on, and was in stitches when she saw his pink house!

In the above statement, it’s important to know that Mrs. Twitches drove on the same road that Mr. Glitches lived on because if the rest of that sentence stood by itself, it wouldn’t make much sense: Mrs. Twitches drove by the street. That’s nice, but it doesn't make sense and who cares?

Mrs. Twitches would like you to know some final thoughts about which and that. Which refers to objects or animals, not people. She is not a which. She might act like a witch on occasion, but that’s beside the point. The word that can refer to animals, people and objects – it’s more versatile.

Wouldn’t you know, Mrs. Twitches got hitched with Mr. Glitches. Now, she’s known as Mrs. Twitches-Glitches. Can you imagine what their children are going to be like?

Pop Quiz: Which or That?


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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Haha! I was laughing and twitching too often WHICH caused me to get a couple of answers incorrect THAT I normally would have answered correctly. Excellent hub and lots of laughs. Well done Cyndi!!:)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      I hope you weren't twitching too much so THAT your answers got mixed up WHICH would mean a lower score. Uh-oh. Hahaha. Thanks for the laughs, Sunshine! You always make my day. :D

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      Poetic Fool 5 years ago

      This was very entertaining and educational! It provided a review that was long overdue. My question is why didn't my teachers make learning grammar as fun and interesting as you? Thanks for a great hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Poetic Fool - hmm, well, I am a teacher and I've learned that to really engage the kids, I have to act pretty funny. I figure, if I can act "zany" in a hub, then why not? Hehe, maybe people will "want" to learn grammar that way. Thanks for the compliments and I'm so glad you liked this. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub, Cyndi! Very well done. I enjoyed this.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Oh Boy did I need this! My which's and that's were all mixed up. Only got 60% on the test...which is bad! And that's not good :-)

      Great hub which...uh...that...uh, ok here I go and correct me if I'm wrong - WHICH I will bookmark. (sweat, sweat.)

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      Michael S. 5 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      So necessary a hub here on HP (and you're humor is great, too!) I must gloat that I got a 100 on the quiz before reading the hub :) But most of all, the Twitching Eye Trio...I'm blown away! I found their website and now I've have a new love in music--all this from your hub! Thanks so much!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      random - thanks so much for your very kind words! (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      vocalcoash - hehe, not bad, it's all in good fun. :D Your comments made me smile. You got that last part CORRECT! Haha.

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      Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      What a neat way to teach grammar, and I'll bet your students really enjoy your classes!

      I don't like to use "that" when referring to a person if "who" can be used instead. (Just one of my idiosyncracies....)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      ithabise - 100? Wow! You're awesome! I liked the Twitching Eye Trio, too. Hehe, I was searching for a relevant video and came across these guys and I just had to include this. Hehe.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      JayeWisdom - right you are! I prefer "who," too if I can use that. (Hehe, no pun intended.) I learned a think or two about which and that when researching for this hub. :)

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      I didn't know learning grammar could be so much fun, not to mention a possible trip to the optometrist! Great hub, thanks! Voted up!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Turtlewoman - hehe, watch out - you just might catch the "twith," hehehe. Thank you for the compliments and for stopping by. :) (HUGS)

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Haha! I was always taught to go on a "which" hunt when proofreading... to this day I use that expression!

      Wonderful Hub, CC! Useful, up, and awesome!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Love this! Teaching with humor - such a good combo! I am happy to say that I got 9 out of 10 right on the quiz. Hope I made Mrs. Twitches proud! :) Great hub - voted up and awesome!

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      This is a great hub. Very funny and informative. I got a 10 out of 10!! Yay. Voted up.

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      Kymberly Fergusson 5 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      An awesome funny hub, on a grammar hitch that many get wrong. Happy to report 100% on the quiz, thanks to the trick of watching for commas.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      theclevercat - I love it: the "which" hunt. Hehe. I'm going to have to remember that. :D Thanks so much for the votes and for your awesome comments.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      alissa - ah, yes, the element of humor to draw the crowd in. Way to go on the quiz...I know Mrs. Twitches won't be complaining. Hehe. Thank you for the votes. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thank you, TripleAMom. Congrats on a perfect score - you either know your grammar, I taught you well, or both. In any case, that's awesome!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      nifslseirff - great to see you. Thanks for taking the quiz and I'm so glad you learned that trick with the commas. It's the *secret.* Haha. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Another outstanding hub by one of my favorite Grammar Nazis! I have referred people to your series of great hubs on writing; they are all so helpful. That vs which is another of my pet peeves. It irritates me to see legal writing with misuse of those terms.

      Thanks for publishing this!

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Hi Cyndi, I'm with Jay.I don't like to use that when referring to a person and I really don't like using that in my descriptives anyway. One of my quirks, I suppose. Really cute and engaging hub. A fun way to learn grammar.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I have problems with these words. Whenever I check my grammar on Word, it tells me I used the wrong one, and have to change it to the other. So I basically try to avoid using either one. But I scored 100% on this test, and it is definitely due to your entertaining and educational hub, and now I will be able to expand my vocabulary by two more words (and the myriad of word combinations as a result). Thanks.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      An entertaining hub to explain an often misused pair of phrases. I got the first one wrong but scored right on everything else. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Marcy - oh, legalese. Yikes, that's a bit scary. Since legalese is so proper, though, it goes without saying that official documents should have perfect grammar. Thanks for your great comments ~ HubHugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      "Who" is a great pronoun to use, for sure. Thank you so much - I just love your kind words. I'm glad I was able to make "grammar" fun! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Millionaire Tips - 100%? I think you've got it! :D Let the vocabulary expansion begin! Hehehe. Thanks so much for stopping by - I always appreciate your comments. Hubhugs! :D

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      alocsin - this is great! I'm glad you scored so high. I'm so glad you found this entertaining and I appreciate the votes!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love to start my day finding out all the things I do wrong when writing. It really sets me in a great frame of mind. :) Thank you for a very funny hub, one that is valuable and a hoot. That's right, I said hoot. Great job my friend!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Voted this up based upon a great content topic, useful information and told with great humor and wit. I am now educated on the use of the word which. I got a higher score on the quiz due to my teacher's instruction (thank you!).

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      Laara 5 years ago

      Well, I don't like raining on parades but some of the sentences could have been improved (grammatically!) by using the past perfect tense, and people are generally WHO not THAT, but I'm a picky English teacher and everything is so casual now, who cares, right?

      E.G. Mrs. T. wired the ignition switch that broke in her Chevy needs past perfect tense of the verb because first the switch broke and then she wired it. She would not have done both at the same time. Mrs. T. wired the switch that had broken in her Chevy.

      The first question in your pop quiz also needs past perfect tense to be grammatically correct, and because the doctor is a person, he deserves to be replaced by the pronoun "whom".

      E.G. She went to see the eye doctor whom she had known for years.

      It's amazing to me that this entry purports to teach correct grammar. Yes it's fun, but it needs an editor.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Laara - I appreciate your comments. While I don't mind a little rain, I was really trying to illustrate the difference between which and that - and so I purposely used these phrases as such to illustrate those points. I am completely familiar with the perfect tenses and even subjunctive and all that good stuff. I just wanted to be sure to keep things simple for readers that don't like to get bogged down in all the "perfect" stuff. In any case, thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for your pointers. Notes taken. :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I got 100% on your poll, but I think I cheated...I looked for the commas that indicated an unrestricted clause! :) The hub was very helpful as I always have a little trouble with which and that. However, in your example "Mrs. Twitches wore her pink dress that had brown stitches to town." I would probably have used "which had brown stitches," because it makes sense to me either way. Am I being dense, or is either "which" or "that" appropriate?

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      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cute grammar lesson. Loved the quiz idea. I've got to try one in one of my hubs! Voted up.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I like that Hub, which seems so timely!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Haha, billy. I just love your hilarious frames of mind. You are a gem. I just love seeing your bright-sunshin-y face! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      teaches12345 - so great to see you! I'm so glad you found this useful. You are so kind to comment and stop by and read. I love you valuable comments and your bright demeanor. You must be an incredible teacher!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Stephanie Henkel - use those commas to help! I'm so glad you found this helpful hehe. Yes, in the context of "which or that," I could change the sentence to "which" this way: Mrs. Twitches wore her pink dress, which had brown stitches - and used it as a non-restrictive clause. For purposes of "example" I used "that" for the restrictive clause. Whew! Such clauses give me reason to pause! :D Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Teresa - those quizzes are fun. They can be a little interesting to "tinker" with but they are fun once you get the hang of making them. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Perspycacious - hello! I'm so glad you liked this. It's great to see you. Sending "cheers" your way! :)

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      What a great hub! I wish my English classes in school would have been this funny. I'm not sure I use which and that correctly. Mostly I go for the word THAT sounds right. Is that right? :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Made - hehe, I love trying to make the ins and outs of grammar fun. I think if people enjoy reading about it, then perhaps they'll take something away from my writing, too. :) Hehe. Thank you so much for stopping by - you got THAT right.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Loved, loved this hub!

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      savanahl 5 years ago

      Ha ha ha...very cute. Apparently I need to go back to school. I'm too embarrassed to even tell you what I scored. Voted up and awesomely useful.

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      Vicki L Hodges 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You make grammar fun, girl! Great explanations and fun to read. I just published a grammar hub today, too! What are the odds? (probably pretty high--haha). Way to go. I gave you every vote I could! Sharing, too! By the way, I got 100% on the quiz. :-) How do you get those pink separation lines between sections of your hub???

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      AudreyHowitt - hey there! Great to see you. I'm so pleased that you liked this hub. I have so much fun writing these. :D

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      savanahl - hehe, nah, if I can judge by all the wonderful comments you've left me, I'd say you have a beautiful command of grammar. Let's just chalk it up to "Thursday" and "it's almost Friday" and "I'm tired." How's that? Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. ((HUGS))

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      This was so fun. I only got 90% on your quiz. I am amazed though that which can be preceded so often by a comma. I always thought that was to be avoided when possible. I try not to be a Mrs. Twitches, but often fail. Thanks for the good lesson. Voting up and useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - you make grammar fun, too, fellow grammar goddess, hehe. Thank you so much for the votes and of course you would score 100% - I would expect nothing less from you. :) Pink separation lines: I make them in powerpoint, and then "right-click" to "save as picture". Make sure to save as a JPG or PNG file, then upload as a photo. I can't wait to see yours.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Pamela Kinnaird - 90% is not bad at all! Sometimes I twitch, but mostly I think I fall in ditches. Hehe, I'm rather accident-prone. ;) In any case, thank you for the well-wishes and votes. HubHugs to you!

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      Vicki L Hodges 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thank for the lesson on making those separation lines! You rock!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      No worries, Victoria. I hope you can make them. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a cute way to teach about correct usage. I enjoyed the quiz....didn't ace it, but I passed. Maybe you should write a poem or story with the characters?!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hehe, rebeccamealey - I often "invent" characters for these grammar hubs so that I can make them funny. I've been sooo afraid of creating poems/stories about them. But I've often thought about compiling these into some sort of e-book or something. :) In any case, I'm thrilled you enjoyed this hub and even enjoyed the "pop quiz" hehe.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      vooot vooot...aced it dear :)

      my kid is proud of me...hahahha

      loved this hub and fwding it :)

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I'm so glad that you cleared this up! When to use "which" and "that" has had me scratching my head for years. Very educational and thoroughly entertaining! Voted up!

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      winbo 5 years ago

      very interesting and useful hub.. Thanx for sharing

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Ruchira - I got my pom-pons and I'm jumping up and down! Go Ruchira! Ha! Your kiddo should be proud of you because you are AWESOME! I'm glad you liked this. ((HUGS))

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Cloverleaf - "which" and "that" hopefully won't be giving you any "twitches." Thank you so much for your kind words and comments. I always look forward to seeing you. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      winbo - thank you for stopping by and reading. I love trying to put these zany hubs together. :)

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      Kimberly Lake 5 years ago from California

      This is another great grammar Hub from you. Thanks. Voted up and useful.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      KimberlyLake - hi there! Thanks for stopping by and reading. Thanks so much for the votes and I'm glad you liked this. Peace! :)

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      This is great, loved the way it was explained. Very interesting to read and entertaining. Children will love Grammar if it is taught in the way you have presented the hub. Voted up and very useful. Love Mrs.Twitches.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vellur - always great to see you. Your avatar with the tulips makes me think of a nice, sunny, spring day. :) Hehe, judging from the feedback I receive from my crazy grammar hubs, I think I need to write some more of them. :) Mrs. Twitches sends her regards. :D

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Do write more grammar hubs, they are very informative and useful. Waiting to read them.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vellur - all right then! I've got a couple hubs from different genres up my sleeve, but - and this is so exciting - I found lots of grammar books at a discount outlet store. It was like finding gold. Only a grammar geek would admit that, but I just did. :D So, give me about a week or so, and I promise I'll have more grammar hubs.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      cclitgirl - Cyndi, I love your writing style. You make grammar so fun and easy! 100% on the quiz - yay! I'm adding you to my Grammar Guru bookmarks. Great job and THAT's the truth! :)

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      Anna 5 years ago from New York, NY

      cclitgirl, you made a grammar lesson so funny and a pleasure to read! Yay, I also got a 100 on the quiz. I always question my use of which vs that because MS Word often annotates a mistake and I get so confused not knowing which one's correct. Now I'll think back to your awesome hub and will no longer be questioning my usage of the two. And I love the "which" hunt expression that theclevercat mentioned, which is easy to remember;-) Thanks!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      missolive - (HUGS) It's always great to see you! Thank you for the compliments. Your hubs are amazing and beautiful, so when I get a compliment from you, I take it to heart. I can't wait to see more of your hubs! :D

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Global-Chica - MS Word often confuses things, which often confuses people who were originally correct. Ah, the fallacies of technology. :) I originally had a whole "witch" theme to go with this hub, but then I didn't want to offend anyone. So, I went with Mrs. Twitches. Hehe. In any case, thank you so much for stopping by.

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      sam209 5 years ago

      Learning is fundamental and you certainly just added the fun into it! Great hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      sam209 - hi, thanks for stopping by! Haha, so glad you enjoyed this. Who says grammar has to be boring? ;)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Very entertaining hub and informative too! Yes those students sure do need a little fun to get it don't they? Great job!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      cardelean - I'm so thrilled you found this entertaining. I just love making up characters for my grammar hubs. I LOVE grammar and want others to see the joy in it that I do. I know, I know, I'm a little "twitchy" in the head. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Before reading your Hub, I wouldn't be able to tell someone, for the life of me, when to use "that" or "which." You've saved me, and I managed to ace the quiz, which was quite funny by the by! Thanks for the entertaining and illuminating Hub.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Simone - I had no doubt in my mind that you would ace that quiz. That tells me you're a fabulous student, or you really did know and you're just being modest. :D Hehe, thanks for stopping by and commenting. (HUGS)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This hub is the "recommended hub" in my weekly newsletter so I had to stop by again in "which" to tell you "that" I also recommend this hub!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Sunshine - *blush* In that case, I would like to tell you THAT you are an amazing person, and I look forward to your insights, WHICH always teach and amaze me. ;) Thank you so much for being a ray of Sunshine in my life. (HUGS)

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      Hally Z. 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much for the tutorial! I now know where to use which and that.

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      ? Correct!

      You scored 100%

      Hooray, hopefully your grammar expertise doesn’t lead you to have eye twitches.

      LoL! I got a perfect score. =)

      Today, I learned theoretically that “which” is used for non-restrictive clauses, while “that” is for restrictive clauses. Mrs. Twitches-Glitches really taught us well. Tell Mrs. Twitches-Glitches that I loved this "which or that" tutorial.

      Cheers!

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      Brandon E Newman 5 years ago from North Texas

      That which is that, or which witch is which. I still dunno.

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      Patrick Kamau 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Ahhh, I will have to retake the quiz again once I come out of the ditch, this what I got, 'You scored 60%!'

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      jonnycomelately 5 years ago

      Thanks... great teaching technique.

      I was be-witched and that's a fact!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hally Z. - I am so glad THAT you enjoyed this tutorial, WHICH was fun to write. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      rLcasaLme - you are simply amazing. :) I don't have too many twitches, especially now that I have found an "outlet" for my grammar needs. You did so well on the quiz and summarized your thoughts, I should think that you might be a grammar guru yourself! Hehe. Keep up the good work!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Brandon - Which witch is which? Well, hmm, there are so many to choose from THAT I just get confused. Perhaps the witch with the warts is the one causing all the trouble. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Patkay - ah, no worries. I have parked myself in plenty of ditches and even have needed stitches. :) Just get a little kitty litter and you'll get out of that ditch in no time - ready to take on Mrs. Twitches. Hehe.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      jonnycomelately - Ha! I have cast a spell over you...look out for the whiches! Er, I mean witches! It's a fact that I'm so glad you stopped by.

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      Kieran Gracie 5 years ago

      Thank you, cclitgirl, for a funny and educational grammar lesson. I love Hubs which teach me how to write better, especially when I find that I have been doing things wrongly. It's also fun to see the comments - people feel challenged to find a mistake, any mistake, in Teacher's Examples! Great fun all round.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Kieran - Ah, yes, Mrs. Twitches twitches again! I definitely enjoy making grammar fun! Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words. :)

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Right. I have discovered, however, that the MS Word spelling and grammar checker does not have a good understanding of these differences, and frequently tries to substitute one for the other, no matter which one has been chosen for use! As punishment, I have turned off the grammar-checker!

      I must say, though, that the example of the "...pink dress with brown stitches..." can stand alone without mention of the color of the stitches. Surely, if there were no stitches, the dress would be in pieces, but the color of the stitches is irrelevant to the statement, which could just as easily read, "Mrs. Twitches wore her pink dress to town." ;-)

      Voted up, interesting, funny, useful and shared! Good job!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      DzyMsLizzy - yep, we don't HAVE to know the pink dress had brown stitches, unless of course she had a pink dress with white stitches, black stitches, red stitches and any other manner of stitches. In any case, all those stitches have me nearly creating typing glitches. Haha. Thanks so much for the votes! (HUGS)

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      I also am not a happy camper when people mix up "that" and "who"!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      glassvisage - hehe, I hope you don't twitch. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Great Hub, useful and funny :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Claudia - hehe, thank you so much for stopping by and reading. I appreciate your comments. :)

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      Jaspal 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      It was the twitch that got the stitches undone on my britches! :p

      Had a jolly good laugh ... great hub! :))

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Jaspal - LOL! I wish I had thought of that line. That is PERFECT! Better get the ol' sewing machine out...you don't want any stray stitches busting at the seams in those britches. ;)

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I'm glad I found your hub. I always had trouble with this one. Thanks to your talented method of teaching, I finally got it! I even got 100% on the quiz, which was a wonderful addition to your hub, that helped confirm I understood. :)

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      TrainingMan 5 years ago from Rochester, NY

      I'm so glad that you finally set the record straight and in an interesting and entertaining manner. Well done!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Glenn Stok - I'm so glad I could help! :) Hehe, Mrs. Twitches appreciates you stopping by! 100%? Now you KNOW you're in the grammar elite!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      TrainingMan - Haha, just wait. There are more crazy and zany grammar hubs to come! Thank you for your kind words! Cheers!

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      thesingernurse 4 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      I love how this hub was written. It's funny but very useful. It can serve as a great tool to teach students and professionals alike regarding "which" and "that" usage. Aside from voting up and sharing, I also bookmarked this hub. Well done! :)

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      John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awesome hub. We need more people to write about grammar as it's very important. I don't have as many problems in using "which" or "that" as I do with semicolons and "whom/who."

      Take care and keep up the good work

      John

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      thesingernurse - great to see you! I love your comments and thank you so much for your kind words. I promise to write more hubs like this. :) Thank you for the votes, shares and bookmark! (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      John Sarkis - thank you so much for stopping by. You also gave me a hub idea. I was speaking with someone the other day about "whom/who" and she was so confused. She asked me to write an article about it. You just confirmed that I HAVE to do this. :D Thanks again. Cheers!

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      johnnymnemonic 4 years ago

      Woohoo! I've just scored 10 on 10 on your quiz! What a lovely opportunity to learn about a common mistake! Loved, entertained, voted up and shared!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      johnnymnemonic - See? You must be a FABULOUS student. Mrs. Twitches would be proud! I'll let her know. ;) Thank you for your kinds words and votes!! Cheers!

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      Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      Good hub cclit! I also find sometimes we can actually eliminate using the word "that" in many sentences. You have a great presentation here. Thank you and thumbs up.

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      htodd 4 years ago from United States

      That is really nice article..We should need to concentrate on that

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      ytsenoh - thanks for coming by! You're right - we often can re-word phrases and sentences to keep them plain and simple. ;) Thank you for the kudos. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, htodd. I appreciate your feedback. It's always great to see you! (HUGS)

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      scruffyfy 4 years ago from Philippines

      This is so cool that it almost gave me an eye twitch! You are a fantastic teacher cclitgirl! learning from you is super duper fun! Anyway, got 90% of your mini test. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      scruffyfy - I'm so glad you enjoyed this. :D I have another hub that I hope to publish today and more grammar stuff - I love helping people figure it out. Grammar is like a puzzle and if you put the pieces together and make connections, it can be really fun. Great job on that quiz! (HUGS)

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      scruffyfy 4 years ago from Philippines

      That is so cool! I'm excited about that new hub of yours ms cclitgirl...I really love learning English and it would be awesome if I could speak like a native in no time! Thank you so much for making my learning so much easier. A big hug and more blessings to come that you may be a blessing to others too, like meeee.. :P

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      scruffyfy - hehe, I LOVE your enthusiasm. Hehe. Thanks for coming by again. :) I'm so glad you're finding these fun. I hope the one I post tonight doesn't disappoint. ;) (HUGS)

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks! I actually believe this is a serious and important topic - and you made it enjoyable, which I've never seen before. This hub left me singing "a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down . . . in the most delightful way."

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      SidKemp - hehe, now you've got me singing about spoonfuls of sugar! :D I'm so glad you found this enjoyable - grammar really can be fun! :) Cheers!

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      Jhudah 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed this article. looks like I still have to learn more about grammar LOL. Though I figured out how to answer the quiz 'that' when no comma and 'which' if there is comma.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Never knew there were such things as restrictive and non-restrictive clauses before, but I think I usually got 'which' and 'that' assigned correctly just the same. Got 100% on your quiz, which is a nice addition to your hub. Explaining things in a simple way is good and helpful -- entertaining doesn't hurt.

      Perhaps now that SidKemp is singing the song he could take a minute to read my hub by that name . . . ;)

      Excellent hub! Very informative and helpful and I agree with SidKemp -- grammar is important.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Excellent topic for a hub! I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for pointing out when to use which and that in a sentence. Congrats on HOTD!

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      I used to get very muddled with these 2, and it would have been so much easier had I had your hub to refer to back then! It’s not helped in the UK by the fact that some people do seem to think it’s okay to use which for that - I read recently that over here historically both were considered correct in restrictive clauses. Since nowadays I write for a world-wide audience I think it best to stick by the rules you’ve outlined.

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day! Very well deserved!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      Woo hoo, Mrs. Twitches rules the day! Congratulations on HOTD.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Jhudah - I'm really glad you enjoyed this. You are a great student! Thanks for coming by. :) Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Au fait - you're a grammar genius! Mrs. Twitches will probably experience "twitching recovery" knowing that you got 100% on your quiz. :D I know with internet writing, grammar might seem less important, but like you said, it is. With good grammar there is less room for mis-communication. Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      kelleyward - I'm really glad you enjoyed this. :) Thank you also for the kudos.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Melovy - when I was younger, I would get these confused. Luckily, I had an English teacher who was really fun and she made grammar fun, too. Now that I'm a teacher, I enjoy making it zany and fun as well. World-wide audience - you're correct there. I have to admit, though, I was on a Harry Potter website yesterday and they had word comparisons to the original way JK Rowling wrote her work and how they changed it to American English when they presented the story in the US. Oh boy! What different words! Thanks so much for stopping by. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Shasta - you know, Mrs. Twitches is most surprised by this lovely honor. She's running off to tell Mr. Glitches. ;) (HUGS)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats on your Hub Of The Day CC ... I'm so excited for you Im getting a twitch in my eye, or is that a tear?! :))) WTG!!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Sunshine! You brighten my day as ALWAYS! Great to see you, friend. I hope the case of the eye twitches only lasts for awhile. Then, you can go into the sunshine outside. :D But, don't look towards the sun - that will cause a case for eye twitches all over again. ;)

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Excellent hub...hilarious and instructive all at once. Congratulations on a well-deserved Hub of the Day! I'm twitching all over!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      vespawoolf - does Mrs. Twitches have you in stitches? Hehe. Thanks for stopping by. :D (HUGS)

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      Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

      Great article that truly deserves HOTD award! Congratulations! I feel educated and entertained all at the same time, thanks! :-)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Jennifer - hehe, thanks for coming by. :) Thank you for the kudos and I'm really glad Mrs. Twitches could be entertaining - that lady is a mess! ;) Hehe.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      Congratulations on your hub of the day Cyndi! Enjoy your wonderful day!

      Mrs. Twitches is too cool :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I just came back to say congrats on getting Hub of the Day!!

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day, Cyndi. You've managed to turn what could have been a boring grammar lesson into a clever and entertaining hub! Great job.

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      Jean-ette 4 years ago

      This was funny and helpful. I think I can remember now. Hope to see more like this!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I was very excited to see this pop up as the hub of the day! Congratualtions!!! This is a great hub.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I love your use of examples that make choosing the correct word easy, even for people who don't really understand grammar! Thanks for the useful information - I need to pass this along to some folks I know.

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      Sojourner McConnell 4 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      Great information done in a fun manner. I voted it up and across.

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      Sandra Busby 4 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Congratulations on getting hub of the day! As a former English teacher I had about given up on such subtleties as "which" and "that." so it's nice to see a younger person pick up the challenge. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Prasanna Marlin 4 years ago from Sri lanka

      Great info

      Congratualtions!!! This is a great hub.

      Well done!

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      Goody5 4 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

      I guess I'd better be watching out for ditches, because I only scored 50%, WHICH wasn't very good :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Adults are slow learners with bad habits already ingrained, which you already know. Mrs. Twitches is just the solution that we need to keep us on the right path, which is a good idea. This was a fabulous hub, good for learning, good for laughs, and good for conversation! Voted up, funny, useful, interesting and SHARING.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very entertaining way to teach grammar, Mrs Twitches. Congrats on bagging HOTD Cyndi! Hope Mrs Twitches is happy!

      Voted up and all the way across.

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      slipandfalllawyer 4 years ago

      Very entertaining hub! I like it!

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      Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

      Great hub and congratulations on getting Hub of the Day. Learning grammar can be tricky and my pet peeve is when people use "that" instead of "who" in a sentence. I tell my students that it isn't "a person that is lying on the floor" but "a person WHO is lying on the floor."

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      Nizam Khan 4 years ago from Hyderabad, India.

      This is really interesting topic. Just awesome and well formatted. Thanks for sharing and voted up :)

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      dbuddhika 4 years ago

      Great information

      Congratualtions hub of the day

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Useful grammar lesson.

      Congrats for well deserved the hub of the day.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Great grammar overview of "that" and "which." It is so cool that a grammatical hub won the Hub of the Day!

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      Milli 4 years ago from USA

      Very interesting lesson. I loved the quiz however did not score good. Voted up and congratulations for Hub of the day award!

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      sam209 4 years ago

      Not that I'm psychic, but I knew this was gonna be hub of the day one of these days! Congrats my friend!

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      Dan Human 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Hey another HOTD for you, congrats! This had me in stitches thinking about twitches and glitches.

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      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Outstanding, CC-congratulations on your hub of the day award. I'm with Sunshine-I laughed so hard I missed one...I think the 'commas' are a give away. Rated up and across BTW-loved your homemade skitches er, I mean 'sketches' haha

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      Margaret Perrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      Fun and useful hub. Congratulations on hub of the day award - much deserved!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Missolive - (HUGS) - Thank you! I hope you enjoy your day, too. Thank you for stopping by. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      randomcreative - aww, thank you so much for coming back. (HUGS) I hope you have a wonderful day! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Deborah - thank you so much for the kudos. It was definitely fun and challenging coming up with a way to make grammar zany and fun. :) (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Jean-ette - thank you so much. I'm so glad you found this funny and helpful. I promise there will be many more like this - I love writing these types of hubs. :D (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      tammy - oh, my sweet Tammy! I am so glad you stopped by and thank you for the kudos. Always great to see you, my friend. You always succeed in brightening my days. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Natashalh - hi there! Great to see you!! I really hope that I did make it easy. I've met so many people that dislike grammar partly because of the "boring" factor and partly because of the "difficulty in understanding" factor. I definitely approached this hub with those two ideas in mind. Thanks for stopping by. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - I'm really glad you found this fun. :) I appreciate the votes and thank you for stopping by and leaving such kind words. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Sandra - Oh, yes! I LOVE a grammar challenge. :D I teach Spanish and it's amazing how much English grammar you have to teach so that your students will understand how to make a sentence in another language - this is where I learned so much grammar. I teach younger kids, so presenting this stuff in a zany way became my mission. I'm thrilled you approve because I know English teachers also know their grammar inside and out. :) Thanks for stopping by. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Prasonline - Hey, thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your kind words and kudos. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Goody5 - hehe, no worries. Just get a couple of knobby tires and you'll be out of that ditch in no time! However, I can't guarantee that you won't have any eye twitches after the ordeal. Hehe. Thanks for stopping by. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Tillsontitan - hehe, thanks for such insightful comments. :) I love the idea that this can be good for conversation. That right there is a great motivator to write more hubs like these. :D I appreciate all the kudos. Have a wonderful day! Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Rajan - hehe, Mrs. Twitches with her britches sees the world through rose-colored lenses. Hehe. She's indeed happy! Thank you so much for stopping by and I appreciate your kind words. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Slipandfalllawyer - Thank you so much for stopping by. :) I'm thrilled you found this interesting. Thanks for the kudos. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Danette - great points! Thank you for stopping by. :) I have little grammar pet peeves, and interestingly these peeves come out in zany grammar hubs. Haha! (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Internetgeek - Hehe, thanks so much for coming by. I appreciate your kind words and votes. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      dbuddhika - I'm glad you found this information helpful. I appreciate your stopping by. Have a wonderful day. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vinaya - Happy Birthday! Thank you so much for stopping by!! When I get finished commenting here, I'll head over to your hubs for some reading and sharing. :) Thank you for the kudos.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Stephanie - hehe, thank you for stopping by. It was definitely fun approaching "that" and "which" in a different way. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Livingpah2004 - hey there! Thanks for stopping by. Now, don't worry about that score. Mrs. Twitches might be twitching a little, but if you get her into some stitches, she'll help you out. Hehe. Thanks for your kind words. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Sam! Let's see, from what I've seen and your insights into awesome music and culture, maybe you *are* psychic. :D Hehe. Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by. Keep sending those positive vibes out. You're awesome. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      OD - hey there, friend! Thank you for stopping by and for the kudos. Hopefully the fit of stitches thinking about twitches and glitches has passed. Hehe. Great to see you. :D (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Denise - hello to you, friend. :D Thanks so much for the kudos. Hehe, sorry to have made you get into stitches...I wonder if it caused any quizzical glitches. Those skitches...sketches are zany, aren't they? Hehe. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      mperrottet - thank you for much for your kind words and insights. :D I appreciate you stopping by. Cheers!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, just noticed that this hub, which I read about 6 weeks ago, made hub of the day! congrats! That's awesome! I'm jealous--and proud of my cyber sis! :-) Way to go!

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      Cindy Murdoch 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh my, I'm certainly wishin' that my eye would quit twitchin'! I think I know when I should use the right word, which is all the time, so that I can speak and write correctly!

      Congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Hey, cyber sis! Hehe, great to see you. I remember you stopping by and thanks for coming by again. :D Thank you for the congrats and I'M PROUD of you, too. You have accomplished so much here at HP. Keep up the fabulous work!! (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Cindy!! (HUGS) I do hope that twitching does stop soon. Either that, or Mrs. Twitches has you in stitches. ;) You write beautifully and you are definitely someone I look up to here at HP. You have been a wonderful guide and friend. Thank you so much.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Reading this definitely clear up some confusion on using 'which' or 'that'.

      Do I get a prize for a score of 100%? :)

      Great hub. Thanks for sharing. Voted useful!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      ComfortB - congratulations on getting a score of 100%! Woohoo! Mrs. Twitches has no more twitches! :D Thanks for coming by. (HUGS)

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      Eric Calderwood 4 years ago from USA

      Great Hub! I enjoyed it from start to finish. I'm only sorry that I didn't get to see the Twitching Eye Trio, which was removed by the user. But I'll try again tomorrow, in case it was only one of those website glitches (oops, sorry Miss Twitches).

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      iefox5 4 years ago

      Grammar is a headache for me, thanks so much for the detailed explanation. You are doing a great job! Voted useful!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Had to stop back by and say congrats on Hub of the Day! I love how you make learning grammar so fun. Thanks again for the great lesson Mrs. Twitches! :)

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      Sondra 4 years ago from Neverland

      Congrats on HOTD! I loved reading this Hub and learning. I even had a great laugh at Mrs Twitches (the sketch). You are so creative with your teaching methods :)

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Learning grammar was never so interesting. I hope only that you will write much more on this conflicting topics and we will have more valuable hubs. Congrats for your efforts and thinking differently from the herd. Great going.

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      David Stillwell 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

      cclitgirl! I might be related to Mrs Twitches. One of my biggest grammar errors is then and than... A great way to explain when to use which and that.... awesome!

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      Joanna McKenna 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      What an enchanting way to clarify the difference between which and that, which tends to confuse so many people! ;D

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Eric - haha, you're so funny! I hope you don't get a bad case of the twitches. Hehehe. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      iefox5 - No problem! :D Thank you for coming by and commenting, and for the votes, too. Much appreciated. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Alissa - aw, shucks, thanks for coming by again. :) I appreciate you. Mrs. Twitches is, in fact, not twitching, but winking. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Ardie~ Hello, friend! So great to see you! Mrs. Twitches is so glad you stopped by. Hehe. She's a riot, but you made her day by coming by. :D (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Pinto - hehe, thanks for your kind words. I promise to write more. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, too. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Daven - hey there, friend! Great to see you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your feedback. Hehe, related to Mrs. Twitches? Hmm...I hope you do not have a case of the twitches. ;) Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Jama - hehe, it's fun coming up with random characters to illustrate a bit of grammar. Thanks for coming by. :D (HUGS)

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      slipandfalllawyer 4 years ago

      Please come up with another hub on grammar! I look forward to it!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Slipandfall - I promise I will. I have a few in the works already. ;) Thanks for coming by again. Cheers!

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      Aerika Singh 4 years ago

      Grammar really stinks. But your hub just made me change my opinion. It was really very creative and informative. Thanks for sharing!!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Aerika - hehe, see, now it doesn't have to be tortuous - Mrs. Twitches is proof. I hope you have a wonderful day! (HUGS)

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      StThomasBoatRent 4 years ago from St. Thomas, USVI

      Thank you for clarifying the use of which and that, which was really fun and easy to follow. I am looking forward to reading more hubs about grammar that you have written. Cheers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      StThomas - I'm thrilled that this was easy to follow - a great compliment for a writer. :) More grammar hubs are in the works, I promise. Cheers!

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      wardg8 4 years ago from Scotland

      Excellent! Why couldn't English at school be as interesting as this hub. Then maybe I would have passed my higher English exam!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      wardg8 - haha, I have more in the works. :) Thanks for stopping by and I'm so glad you found this interesting. Cheers!

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      John Young 4 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      I've been a professional writer for many years, but you're never too old to learn. I've been using the word "which," which has seemingly little socially redeeming value.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      JY3502 - Your comments and insights are great! Thanks for stopping by. :) I use "which" sometimes, too; indeed, it's interesting to see how our language is changing.

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      Laura Brown 4 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Which twitch is that which bothers Mrs. Twitches, who sounds like a bit of a Witch.

      No, I don't quite get it yet. But I will read your post again when my brain is in a better learning mode.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      That Grrl - Indeed, which, that and twitches can give you fits, but eh, if you look at it in a way that gives you stitches, perhaps the brain won't hit too many glitches. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      A truly great hub about a grammar rule THAT we often confuse. Voted up, and although it was definitely useful, I voted awesome, WHICH is definitely a compliment..

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      rfmoran - hehe, you are quite astute and I'm impressed THAT you have learned so well! Thanks for stopping by and I'm very glad you enjoyed this. :D Cheers!

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Cyndi, I twitched way too much during this hub, which caused my eyes to hurt. Because of this pain, I had to call the doctor who said to use medication that would help me feel better! Notice my uses of which and that! :) I love grammar, so this hub was excellent and and caught my eyes(both of them) as I was browsing your profile. Great job Cyndi!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Josh - hehe, after writing this hub, I use the words "glitchy and twitchy" waaay too much. Hahaha. I feel better for doing so. ;) Your use of "which" and "that" are superb. Thanks for visiting another of my hubs. :)

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      You are welcome, like I said, I love grammar! I will be visiting your other grammar hubs later on tonight! :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Josh, hahaha. My eye is twitching. ;)

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      Teresa Davis 4 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      Oh my I really needed this hub. I missed the first one question, but not the rest lol. I will now go back through my hubs and see which or that. Thanks cclitgirl for the hub and Joshua for bringing our attention to your hub.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      tjdavis - hehe, that which we practice makes perfect! :D Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you found this helpful. :0) I appreciate you stopping by and for your feedback. Have a wonderful day! Cheers.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Cyndi,

      Your grammar Hubs are great! Every writer should read them...even those persons whose first language is American English.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Thanks so much for the lesson. Very creative and interesting. I'm sure your students love these lessons and having you as their teacher.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      When to use 'which' and 'that' very well explained. For me, with English as a second language, this is precious information. This hub goes straight to my personal library. Thanks a lot, cclitgirl!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      cclitgirl..

      Howdy thar, teach.......Daisy May, here......ya know, Pig Sty's soon-to-be-x-wife..........I shore liked this here hub. Corse.....I knowed most a this stuff, cuz I went all the way to 6th grade. Yep, me and Jethro, we both got good port cards. All them fancy wurds and puttin 'em in the right order...yep...we know all 'bout that.

      When ah go into town, most everbody jus stairs at me and shakes thair head....Ah guess that's cuz ah'm so smart. Ah like the way you teach, girl....ya oughtta come by the farm some day and learn the yung unz a thang or 2. Ah shore wood preesheeate it!! Bless yur hart now, y'll hear?

      (Sorry....Daisy always get to the computer before I do. She's quite rude. I would like to say THAT this is a great hub. I always appreciate a lesson from an official teacher!! Thank you! UP!!)

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Well written, useful Hub for students of English language. Thank you for sharing the information.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Whatta switch without a hitch to know when to use that and when to use which!

      I have a high school grammar book sitting beside me, which was published in 1971, that is almost never opened. Why? Because there are times the questions, which should be more recognized, simply don't come to mind. That is, without question, a problem in this area that has been addressed.

      Great Hub! Making learning fun is a niche you've perfected! Up & all across!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      @ Daisy - thank you so much for sharing this hub. :) It's always fun to review - even for me. Hehe. Thank you again. I hope you've had a wonderful day!

      @Suzettenaples - aw, thank you so much! Hehe, I have fun teaching grammar this way to my students. They do eat it up - I think. Haha. Thanks again!

      MartieCoetser - I would NEVER be able to tell that English is your second language. You write it PERFECTLY and I'm glad THAT you enjoyed my hub. Hubhugs to you!

      fpherj48 - I must say, you have that accent PERFECT. We do say "young uns" 'round here and a really good friend of mine is Jethro's granddaughter. No kidding. We fiddle together sometimes. I sing, she fiddles. Hahaha. You sound like you've been here a time or two. Hahaha. I had to read your comment to my hubby - he's from here; I'm originally from out west, but after 10 years out here, I've got the accent down perty good. :D Thanks fer comin' by!

      jainismus - thank you for your kind words and feedback. Cheers!

      rcrumple - you are a genius at which and that. Bravo! A++. You get a 101% plus extra credit! Hehe. Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate it ~ have a WONDERFUL day! :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I'll never tell what I got on your quiz! Grammar is not one of my strong suites! I did learn something in this Hub, though, (I think). Thanks for the good info.

      I voted this Hub UP. Judging by the number of comments you have had on this Hub, looks like we could all use some help!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Mary615 - hehe, I'm glad I was able to help a bit. :D Thanks for the votes - I definitely need to get on the ball writing more of these, hehe. Hubhugs!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I just had to come back, study this again and take the test again. I think I've got it now. Great hub and so very helpful. I like your teaching style.Up again.

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I think I may be the long lost grandson of Mrs. Twitches...LOL I agree with everything on here. Congrats on getting the HOTD! Simple grammar errors like these can lead to many problems...definitely good tips to follow :) Voted up and shared!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      vocalcoach - aw, thank you so much! I'm so glad you came back and I truly appreciate your feedback. I am going to have to write more of these types of hubs for sure! :D Hubhugs!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Keith - haha, that's funny. I think I might be the long-lost sister of Mrs. Twitches. I appreciate your feedback and kind words. Many thanks! Cheers~

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      Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      You did a great job on this page. I love the graphics and everything. I am writing a series on tweaking HubPages and would like to include a link to this webpage to help my readers and to boost your traffic. Would that be okay? Michele

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Misslong - it might be too late, but yes, yes, that's totally okay! :) I have been out of town taking graduate courses and really busy - I haven't had time to stop by here, lol. Thank you for your kind words and comments. :)

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      Michele Kelsey 3 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      No worries! It's not too late. I've added this website to my site. The address is:

      https://hubpages.com/literature/ImproveHubpageGram...

      Hope that helps one of our readers! ~Thanks, Michele

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Haha, Misslong - that's great! :)

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      What a tongue twister! I enjoyed reading it. I´m usually confused using which and that. Thanks for clearing the difference. I got 80% of the Quiz. Voted this up and awesome!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Thelma - haha, that's awesome! Thank you so much for stopping by. :)

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