That versus which
Frank Pierce
Over a year ago, Lewis Joplin The interesting question about this issue is how it happened that "that" became so commonly, erroneously, replaced with "which." Here is a speculation: When you rearrange a sentence to get rid of a dangling preposition in a that-clause, the "that" disappears and its role is taken over by a "which." So for example "The dog that I ran away from was a Pekinese." becomes "The dog from which I ran away was a Pekinese." So people who have been taught to avoid dangling prepositions may have got the idea that "which" is somehow more formal or proper than "that" in general, just as people got the idea that "you and I" is always preferable to "you and me," even as the object of a verb or preposition, because they were drilled so hard to avoid saying things like "You and me have a lot to talk about."
Frank Pierce
You are probably right on the "you and I" issue. But it's interesting to me that many English-speaking Germans I know will misuse it, particularly in the "from you and I" form.

And I listen to them in German and they never make that mistake... they always use the objective pronoun after a preposition. I kid them good-naturedly about this and tell them that they do it right in their own language so please give us the same rights. It's helped a few.

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