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    Could you please explain the usage of " whether" and correct the following sentences.

    1# I am going to the party whether you want to come with or not.
    2# I don't know whether or not to say her the truth.

    3# I don't know whether giving him the knife back.

    I feel 3# is incorrect.But I am not sure. So please help me solve my doubt.

    Thank a lot.

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    Default Re: whether or

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Could you please explain the usage of " whether" and correct the following sentences.
    I will post a dictionary excerpt at the end which shows the uses of whether.

    1# I am going to the party whether you want to come with or not.
    This is OK. I prefer "I am going to the party whether or not you want to go.

    2# I don't know whether or not to say her the truth.
    I don't know whether (or not) to tell her the truth. (The "or not" is optional.)

    3# I don't know whether giving him the knife back.

    I feel 3# is incorrect.But I am not sure. So please help me solve my doubt.
    It is incorrect. "Giving him the knife back" is a gerund phrase, acting as a noun. Whether needs more than a noun after it.

    "I don't know whether giving him the knife back is the right thing to do.

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    Default Re: whether or

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    1# I am going to the party whether you want to come with or not.
    Try:
    • I am going to the party whether you want to come with me or not.

    Or:
    • I am going to the party whether you want to go or not.



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