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    homophones

    difference between (whether-wither-weather)

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    Re: homophones

    Whether: used when talking about a choice you have to make or about something that is not certain
    Example: She was uncertain whether to stay or leave.

    =.=.

    Weather: the temperature and other conditions such as sun, rain, and wind
    Example: What's the weather like in Canada in winter? It's snowy.

    =.=.

    Wither: If plants wither, they become drier and smaller and start to die.
    Example: If you do not water the plants for a week, they will wither.

    =.=.

    Wether: (1) Wool from previously shorn sheep
    (2) A castrated ram

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    #3

    Re: homophones

    Quote Originally Posted by ABDALLA ALI View Post
    difference between (whether-wither-weather)
    Hi abdo

    whether
    1-. Used in indirect questions to introduce one alternative: We should find out whether the museum is open. اذا
    2 Either: He passed the test, whether by skill or luck.
    ..........................................
    He can't decide whether to go or not.اما-اذا
    The plants withered because they had no water; The sun has withered my plants. يذبل=fade
    .................................................. ......
    conditions in the atmosphere, especially as regards heat or cold, wind, rain, snow etc The weather is too hot for me; stormy weather; (also adjective ) a weather chart/report, the weather forecast. weer الطقس
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    Re: homophones

    (Not a teacher)

    I should point out that 'wither' isn't a homophone of 'weather' or 'whether'. Although, I understand these words may be confused.

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    For those who know IPA symbols:

    'Wither' - /ˈwɪ­.ər/

    'Whether/weather' - /ˈwɛ­.ər/ (or /ˈwe­.ər/ depending on which symbols you use.)

    Also, you may hear some people contrast 'weather' and 'whether' by 'aspirating' the /w/ sound thus:

    'Whether' - /ˈʍɛ­ər/ or (/ˈʰwɛ­ər/ depending on which symbols you use (again, the /ɛ/ may be /e/ to you)).

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    Re: homophones

    I should point out that 'wither' isn't a homophone of 'weather' or 'whether'.
    how?

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    Re: homophones

    Should you point it out? Why?
    Linguist has already pointed it out. 'Wither' is pronounced in a way different from the way 'weather'/'whether' are pronounced.

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    #7

    Re: homophones

    Don't forget "Whither."

    Whither will they go? Not used much now, but part of this family.


    ABDALLA ALI - can you hear the difference between "pet" and "pit"? That's the difference between weather/whether and wither/whither.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: homophones

    ya i got it

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    #9

    Re: homophones

    Phonologically speaking, wither is not a homophone as mentioned above.



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