cvs commit: src/sys/ufs/ufs ufs_vnops.c

Andrea Campi andrea+freebsd_cvs_all at
Mon Jun 5 11:30:43 PDT 2006

On Mon, Jun 05, 2006 at 08:52:21AM -0700, Kevin Oberman wrote:
> > > > Shouldn't that be "Which colour?" or even "Which color?" *duck*
> > > 
> > > I don't think so.  Why should it?
> > 
> > Somewhere in my brain there's this notion that if one is choosing amongst a 
> > set of items one should use 'which' rather than 'what', e.g. 'which floor' in 
> > an elevator rather than 'what floor'.
> Would someone with a copy of "Elements of Style" look this up and paint
> the damned shed!

My copy of "Practical English Usage" (great book, BTW) says:

Which and what are often both possible, with little difference of
meaning. Which is preferred when the speaker has a limited number of
choices in mind. When the speaker is not thinking of a limited number
of choices, what is used.


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