That is why sentence

PpritychhetriNew memberJoinedJun 26, 2010Member TypeStudent or LearnerJun 28, 2010#1What is the difference between "that is why" and "which is why"?When to use that is why and when

That is why sentence

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pritychhetri

New memberJoinedJun 26, 2010Member TypeStudent or Learner
  • Jun 28, 2010
  • #1What is the difference between "that is why" and "which is why"?

    When to use that is why and when to use which is why?
chester_100

chester_100

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pritychhetri said:What is the difference between "that is why" and "which is why"?

When to use that is why and when to use which is why?Click to expand...

-I couldn't pass the course, which is why I have to take it again.

In such sentences, which directly refers to the sentence preceding it, and we should put a comma before it.
We can't start a new sentence by which.


-I couldn't pass the course. That is why I have to take it again.
In this one, that, even though it is semantically related to the sentence before it, canstart a new sentence and isn't structurally dependent on the preceding sentence.


I don't find it necessary to get into more detail.

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Rover_KE

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  • Jun 29, 2010
  • #3That's an excellent answer, Chester.

    Rover
chester_100

chester_100

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Rover_KE said:That's an excellent answer, Chester.

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Thank you very much.P

pritychhetri

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  • #5Thanks a ton for the answer!!

    I was basically talking about speaking English.

    As per your answer, I see that meaning point of view there is no difference, but in the writing it makes a difference.

    Like putting the comma in case of which.

    So, I guess, I need to make sure that while speaking it is always better to use that is why.

    what do you say?R

Rover_KE

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  • Jun 29, 2010
  • #6It's probably more likely to be used that way, but 'which is why' is also possible.

    Rover

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