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Submitted by joanneleclair on December 13, 2021, at 13:35

Thank you for your comment. “Which” is usually preferred when the range of choices is fairly narrow and specific (e.g. “Which foot did you injure?”; “Which colour would you prefer: blue, yellow or green?”). “What” is generally used when the options are more numerous and not as specific. Because the focus here is general and the range of options is not limited to a small number of specified spellings, we prefer “what” in this context. - Our Languages blog team, on behalf of Sheila Ethier