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    if...(or not)

    Hi,

    Is this sentence below incorrect or unnatural?

    The professor asked me if I brought my research paper or not.

    Mostly, I have used "wheter" with "or not" but I'm wondering if I can use "if" instead of "whether".


    Thanks in advance.

    James

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    Re: if...(or not)

    As an NES but not a teacher, the following work for me:

    The professor asked me if I had brought my research paper with me.
    The professor asked me whether or not I had brought my research paper [with me].
    The professor asked me whether I had brought my research paper or not.

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    R21

    PS:
    I noticed a typo in your spelling of whether.
    Whatever you do, beware of spelling "whether" as "wether"!
    See:
    wether - definition of wether by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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