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"In which" is a phrase which is often translated as "en el cual", and "which" is a pronoun which is often translated as "cuál". Learn more about the difference between "in which" and "which" below.
in which(
ihn
 
wihch
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (relative)
a. en el cual (masculine)
We need to create a school environment in which all children can thrive.Necesitamos crear un ambiente escolar en el cual todos los niños puedan desarrollarse bien.
b. en la cual (feminine)
They just published a new guide in which they explain how to apply to the university.Publicaron una nueva guía en la cual explican cómo solicitar plaza en la universidad.
c. en el que (masculine)
This is the chapter in which all the questions raised in the book will be answered.Este es el capítulo en el que serán respondidos todos los interrogantes surgidos en el libro.
d. en la que (feminine)
That is the house in which we used to live when I was little.Esa es la casa en la que vivíamos cuando yo era pequeña.
2. (in questions)
a. en cuál
In which of the dresser drawers did you put the money?¿En cuál de los cajones del tocador pusiste el dinero?
b. en qué
In which year where you born?¿En qué año naciste?
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which(
wihch
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (in questions)
a. cuál
Which are the classes that interest you this semester?¿Cuáles son las clases que te interesan este semestre?
Which do you prefer? The pasta or the salad?¿Cuál prefieres? ¿La pasta o la ensalada?
2. (in relative clauses)
a. que
The invitation, which was mailed to you, is for our wedding.La invitación, que se te mandó, es para nuestra boda.
b. el cual
The village has a castle, which dates from the 12th century.El pueblo tiene un castillo, el cual data del siglo XII.
c. la cual
The actor's house, which is on top of a hill, has a wonderful view of LA.La casa del actor, la cual está en lo alto de una colina, tiene unas vistas maravillosas de Los Ángeles.
d. lo cual
She didn't support me when I needed her, which made me realize that she wasn't a real friend.No me apoyó cuando la necesité, lo cual me hizo pensar que no era una amiga de verdad.
e. los cuales
There are several books on the subject, which are available in the library.Existen varios libros sobre el tema, los cuales están disponibles en la biblioteca.
f. las cuales
He explained it using some scientific words, which I have forgotten.Lo explicó con unas palabras científicas, las cuales no recuerdo.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (in questions)
a. qué
Which type of food do you want to serve at the party?¿Qué tipo de comida quieres servir en la fiesta?
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