Which or that? Going to launch or going to be launched?



I have two questions.

Which sentence of the two is correct? Or can both be used?


The codes which are going to be used OR The codes that are going to be used?

Brand is going to launch in France OR Brand is going to be launched in France?


I think both ways are correct, can anyone confirm?


asked May 17 '13 at 07:07 Pavlina New member

1 answer


The rule of thumb for 'which or that' is whether the clause used is restrictive (that) or non-restrictive (which). A restrictive clause needs to be in the sentence for the sentence to make sense. Commas are also affected by whether the clause is restrictive. Here are some examples:


The dog that bit my leg is in the cage.

'That bit my leg' is a restrictive clause, uses 'that', and doesn't need commas. If I remove it, the sentence no longer means the same thing.


The dog, which has been domesticated for thousands of years, is a member of the Canis genus. 

'Which has been domesticated for thousands of years' is a non-restrictive clause, uses which, and needs the commas. If I remove it, the meaning of the sentence remains the same.


In your question, you can't tell which is correct because of the lack of context.



Your second sentence question is about active and passive voice. Once again, the lack of context precludes either being right or wrong because we don't know what 'Brand' is.



Brand is going to launch in France.

This is active voice, and 'Brand' is the subject and performing the action.


Brand is going to be launched in France?

This is passive voice and means something entirely different. Here, 'Brand' is being acted upon by an unnamed entity. Although it is still the subject in the sentence, it is not performing the action.


I hope this clears up your questions. Remember that the context of the situation will determine what is correct.

link comment answered May 17 '13 at 13:16 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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