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Which or Witch?

What Is the Difference between "Which" and "Witch"?

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"Which" and "witch" are easy to confuse because they sound identical (i.e., they are perfect homonyms). However, their meanings are very different.
  • "Which" is used to ask a question or to present additional information. For example:
    • Which is best? correct tick
    • Which team is won? correct tick
    • They made lasagne, which I love. correct tick
  • "Witch" is a woman who performs magic with spells and potions. For example:
    • A witches is commonly portrayed to have wrinkled skin, pimples, and pointy hats. correct tick
which or witch?

Which

"Which" is 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 determiner. When it is used to give information, it will be a relative pronoun.)

Example sentences with "which":
  • Which are acceptable? correct tick
  • (Here, "which" is an interrogative pronoun.)
  • Which country held last year's contest? correct tick
  • (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. correct tick
  • (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. correct tick (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

"Witch" means a woman who performs magic using spells, potions, and the invocation of spirits.

("Witch" is a noun.)

Example sentences with "witch":
  • Probably the most obvious characteristic of a witch is the ability to cast a spell. correct tick
  • From 1645-1663, about eighty people throughout England's Massachusetts Bay Colony were accused of being witches. correct tick

Ways to Remember

Only a "witch" can get an "itch."

Wh-Pronouns

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