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    #1

    it depends on if

    Is it right to say "I may travel this weekend. It depends ON IF my wife will recover... " Would ON WHETHER sound better?

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    Exclamation Re: it depends on if

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Is it right to say "I may travel this weekend. It depends on how soon my wife will recover... " Would ON WHETHER sound better?
    I think, 'If' or 'whether' would not work here.

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    Re: it depends on if

    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    I think, 'If' or 'whether' would not work here.
    And I think whether does work:
    It depends on whether my wife recovers or not.

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    Re: it depends on if

    I have a very strong preference for whether over if in that sentence.
    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: it depends on if

    Quote Originally Posted by IHIVG View Post
    And I think whether does work:
    It depends on whether my wife recovers or not.
    I agree. "Whether" is made for sentences like this. I'd consider "if" to be a poor second choice.

    You could also say, "It depends on my wife recovering."

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