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Thread: why "whether"?


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    why "whether"?

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    28. Machines need energy to function, whether it is animal or human muscle, wind or waters currents, or heat-generated energy, such as steam.

    I know waters is incorrect, but why whether is used here? There is a choice between more than two things(...animal or human muscle, wind or waters currents, or heat-generated energy...). Shouldn't it be whichever?


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    Re: why "whether"?

    Whichever is wrong. Frankly it just doesn't sound right at all.

    Correct English would not use "whichever it is animal or human muscle".

    Whether is used to to choose between alternatives, which is what your sentence suggests. Whichever tends to be used as either or, in other words it could be animal or human, not both.


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    Re: why "whether"?

    I cann't agree with u.
    Note that it is NOT a choice between "human" and "animal", but a choice between "muscle", "currents", and "heat-generated energy".
    -whichever it is muscle, currents or heat-generated energy
    -whether it is muscle, currents or heat-generated energy
    Which one is better? Don't u think whether should only be used when choosing between two?

  1. matilda
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    Talking Re: why "whether"?

    waters is incorrect, as i know, and whatever means IF, and it also means If, if you translate it. there is no prblem with if

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