cvs commit: src/sys/ufs/ufs ufs_vnops.c
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Thu Jun 8 21:30:47 UTC 2006
On Mon, Jun 05, 2006 at 06:30:19PM +0000, Andrea Campi wrote:
> 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.
Don't buy the "Elements of style", it is horrible.
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