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    Daruma is offline Senior Member
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    Hi,

    Could you please tell me what differences in meaning there are among "check if...," "check to see if..." and "see if..."?

    check if + "subject" + "verb"
    - I've attached a rough draft of next week's presentation. Please check if eveything is okay, and get it ready to submit.
    - Could you go and check if the baby is asleep?

    check to see if + "subject" + "verb"
    - We executed a few other transactions yesterday. Can you check to see if the confirmations were sent?
    - She checked to see if any pages were missing or illegible.
    - First, I checked to see if the website was still accessible.

    see if + "subject" + "verb"
    - I want you to send me a brief on that company's background and history, so we can see if they are reliable business partners.
    - See if this needs more salt.
    - It's a very vibrant atomosphere. Let's see if we can talk to one of the demonstrators.

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    Re: check if...

    It seems to me that they all are interchangeable.

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    Re: check if...

    To vivemafille:
    Thank you for the reply.

    To everybody else:
    Do you, too, think that those three are all interchangeable?

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    Re: check if...

    I agree. They are interchangable.

    Check if = see if

    Check if + see if = Check to see if

    An alternative word to if is whether.

    Can you please check/see/check to see whether the door is locked?

    I'm not a qualified teacher.

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    Daruma is offline Senior Member
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    Re: check if...

    Thank you very much, colloquium.

    Is there anyone who sees any differences in meaning?

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