Which vs. what: A matter of specificity

Here’s an easy method for knowing which one to use in your communications. (Psssst! That was a hint right there.)

In the case of what versus which, though, it comes down to a matter of specificity.

The word what is used with more general ideas:

What should I make for dinner with this arugula, sea bass, marshmallow whip, gnocchi, and macadamia nuts?

It’s a general musing about the vast culinary potential for those ingredients. Contrast that with the following:

Which of my half-dozen recipes featuring arugula, sea bass, marshmallow whip, gnocchi, and macadamia nuts should I use for my dinner with Andre?

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