#1
Hello Pit. I don't expect to get serious answers, but I'm banking on the off chance that an English professor or a person more well-versed in the language than I am stumbles upon this thread.

Know that I do not wish to know the answer to laugh at people who are using the word wrongly, but to satisfy my curiosity.

I've noticed that a lot of people are using the word "which" wrongly. Or at least I think they are.

Here's an example: Mary had taken up collecting stamps, which I don't even why she does it.

Here's what I think is correct: Mary had taken up collecting stamps, the reason for which I do not understand.

Having actually problems differentiating a noun and a verb until a few years ago, I'm sure I do not possess the capacity of understanding required to dissect the above two sentences to point out exactly the differences, but I hope that you understand what I'm trying to illustrate.

So, which is correct?
#2
You're on the money.
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#4
You're grammatically correct.

'Which' doesn't modify anything in the first example, and that's what the word is for. The issue is that people have taken to mixing the words "which" and "although."

Example: Mary had started to collect stamps, although I don't understand why."
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I saw this picture at which I smiled at it.





Well played. I spit my soda on my keyboard for your hilarity.
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#9
Don't use which at all, except for this case when I'm actually using which, but when I say which I try to different between which witch iz whitch.
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#10
Given the grammar shown in your opening post, you have bigger things to worry about than the correct usage of the word 'which',TS.
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#11
Linguistics major says: I believe this might be a "weak crossover effect", which is extremely fucking technical and boring. Congratulations on having independently discovered it.
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#12
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Given the grammar shown in your opening post, you have bigger things to worry about than the correct usage of the word 'which',TS.

Not sure if compliment. /insert Joker picture

Also, is your name a reference to the In Flames song, or is the song itself a reference to the actual story?
#13
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Not sure if compliment. /insert Joker picture]

Was just me being an arse about 'having actually problems' and 'point out exactly the difference' in your post

Also, is your name a reference to the In Flames song, or is the song itself a reference to the actual story?

Neither, it's the name of my band

Edit: I am aware of the In Flames song though - comes up in search results for us on Google after a few pages and videos of kids trying to play it on youtube after a few fan-shot vids of us lol.
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#14
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Was just me being an arse about 'having actually problems' and 'point out exactly the difference' in your post



I was reading the post earlier on and I noticed "having actually problems" too, but I couldn't be bothered to change my post because I'm on my phone.
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Here's an example: Mary had taken up collecting stamps, which I don't even why she does it.

That's not so much a misuse of the word 'which' as it is a misuse of the English language as a whole.