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    #1

    don't think whether

    I told the police what had happened but they don't think whether there's any chance of my getting my bag back again.

    Does this sentence sound fine to native English speakers, especially about the tense and collocation of the underlined part?

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: don't think whether

    "Whether" is not needed. They don't think there's any chance...

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    Re: don't think whether

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Whether" is not needed. They don't think there's any chance...
    Thanks a lot, SoothingDave. Then, just out of curiosity, could I ask if native speakers still use 'whether' although it's not needed and if it is acceptable? Thank you again.

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    #4

    Re: don't think whether

    No, the use of "whether" in that sentence is incorrect.

    "Whether" is used when there is an uncertainty (and commonly used as "whether or not"). If the police are saying you won't get your bag back, that is not uncertain.

    I took my umbrella because I didn't know whether it would rain or not.

    I didn't know whether there was a parking fee at this hotel.

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    Re: don't think whether

    With a different meaning, we could say:

    I told the police what had happened. They noted my report but they didn't think about whether there was any chance of my getting my bag back again.
    Last edited by 5jj; 23-Oct-2010 at 09:56. Reason: typo

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