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    whether, that, what, whichever?

    Again my student who is studying for the TOEIC wants an explanation as to why "whether" is the correct word to use here rather than (that, what, or whichever):

    The manager commented that the facts in the report were so incredible that she had to to question (whether/that/what/whichever) they could possibly be accurate.

    Thanks in advance...

    Catherine C.

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    Exclamation Re: whether, that, what, whichever?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine C. View Post
    Again my student who is studying for the TOEIC wants an explanation as to why "whether" is the correct word to use here rather than (that, what, or whichever):

    The manager commented that the facts in the report were so incredible that she had to to question (whether/that/what/whichever) they could possibly be accurate.

    Thanks in advance...

    Catherine C.
    "They could possibly be accurate" is an independant clause having alternate thought and you need an appropriate conjunction to join with the main clause.. So whether is the right one, as 'that' intoduces a relative clause and 'what' and whichevere are mostly used as pronouns but rarely as conjunction.
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    Re: whether, that, what, whichever?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine C. View Post
    Again my student who is studying for the TOEIC wants an explanation as to why "whether" is the correct word to use here rather than (that, what, or whichever):

    The manager commented that the facts in the report were so incredible that she had to to question (whether/that/what/whichever) they could possibly be accurate.

    Thanks in advance...

    Catherine C.

    whether here means "if".
    It is the correct choice.
    She had to ask: "Could the facts possibly be accurate?" ( or not accurate).

    Study the following example:

    Catherine asks Natalie, " Are you Egyptian?"

    Catherine asks Natalie whether she is Egyptian.

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