Hi, today I have a question.
If the antecedent is with a superlative or an other word of exclusive or comprehensive meaning, such as 'all', 'only', 'any', '-thing' etc, it is often used not with 'which' but with 'that':
This is the most most beautiful picture THAT I have ever seen.
I will tell you everything THAT I know about him.
Here, they are used obeying the rule of it.
But I have found the exceptions...
* The most abominable din and confusion which it is possible for a reasonable person to conceive.-Poe.
* Reverential objections, composed of all which his unstained family could protest.-Meredith.
* He required all the solace which he could derive from literary success.-Macaulay.
* All the evidence which we have ever seen tends to prove...-Macaulay.
* A battle more bloody than any which Europe saw in the long interval between Malplaquet and Eylau.-Macaulay.
* The only other biography which counts for much is...-Times.
* The French Government are anxious to avoid anything which might be regarded as a breach of neutrality.-Times.
* It is the little threads of which the inner substance of the nerves is composed which subserve sensation.-Huxley.
Why??? Are they true??
I am really confused...What happens in the language of English? Is there any new tendencies, especially the relatives?