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Re: Which/What?

On Sun, Aug 17, 2003 at 12:04:53AM -0400, Aaron M. Ucko wrote:
> Christian Perrier <bubulle@debian.org> writes:
> >  _Description: What machines should be allowed to use BitlBee?
> >
> > This sounds strange to me and I would rather tend to write "WHICH
> > machines should be allowed to use Bitlbee ?". 
> "Which" (in the sense of lequel/laquelle/etc. if I remember my
> high-school French properly ;-) ) sounds somewhat better to my native
> ear, but I don't think I'd go so far as to count "what" as actually
> incorrect.

I concur that "which" is preferable in this context.  You would often
hear "what" in this same context in conversational speech, however.

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