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Which or Witch?

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What is the difference between which and witch?

Which is used to request or present specifying information. (It can be used as a pronoun or an adjective.)
  • Which is best?
  • Which team is won?
  • They made lasagne, which is my favorite meal.
The noun witch denotes a woman who performs magic with spells and potions.
  • Witches are commonly portrayed to have wrinkled skin, pimples, and pointy hats.

Which

The word which can be used used to request specifying information (i.e., to ask a question) or to give specifying information. When which is used to ask a question, it will be an interrogative pronoun or an interrogative adjective. When it is used to give information, it will be a relative pronoun.

Examples:
  • Which are acceptable?
  • (Here, which is an interrogative pronoun.)
  • Which country held last year's contest?
  • (Here, which is an interrogative adjective that modifies country.)
  • The front wheel fell off Paul's new car, which he was driving at the time.
  • (Here, which is being used as a relative pronoun.)
  • Fortune, which has a great deal of power in other matters but especially in war, can bring about great changes in a situation through very slight forces. (Julius Caesar)
  • (Here, which is being used as a relative pronoun.)
The big question with which is whether to precede it with a comma or not.

Read more about using commas with which.

Witch

The noun witch denotes a woman who performs magic using spells, potions, and the invocation of spirits.

Examples:
  • Probably the most obvious characteristic of a witch is the ability to cast a spell.
  • From 16451663, about eighty people throughout England's Massachusetts Bay Colony were accused of being witches.
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Wh-Pronouns

Which is one of the wh-pronouns. The wh-pronouns are either interrogative pronouns or relative pronouns. Other common ones are:
  • what
  • which
  • where
  • when
  • who
  • whom
  • whose