That vs Which in this sentence


1) The news which the plane had crashed came as a terrible shock. 

2) The news that the plane had crashed came as a terrible shock.


Which one is considered correct in grammar? and explain why?


Thanks in advance!

asked Aug 10 '13 at 00:44 ducdang123 Contributor

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In defining clause which is replaceable by that and is often omitted. That is more usual in defining clause. That is preferred to which as the object of the verb.



In non-defining clause which is not replaceable by that.


The above sentence will have better effect with that.

link comment answered Aug 10 '13 at 04:43 Rahul Gupta Expert

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