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Re: [PATCH] fix typos in ch07.xml

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Date: 2004-01-12 17:34:00 CET

Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> On Mon, 2004-01-12 at 00:10, Mason Thomas wrote:
>
>
>>log message:
>>* doc/book/book/ch07.xml: Fix typos and add placeholder for more
>>configuration option descriptions.
>
>
> Wow, that's a lot of typos, thanks!
>
> But I also notice that this patch changes about 20 instances of "which"
> to "that". What rule are you following? Both words sound correct to my
> ear, like it's just a stylistic choice. Is there some grammatical
> justification for the substitution? (Maybe some rule in the Chicago
> Manual of Style, or something?)

The 'that' is correct. 'which' would be used to introduce a parenthetical phrase, which is set off
by commas from the rest of the sentence, while that is used when the phrase is essential to the
sentence's meaning. In the cases in the patch that I saw, the phrase in question was always
essential, and thus that is correct.

Philip Miller

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