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  1. Lenka's Avatar

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    if/whether

    What is the differnce between WHETHER and IF ?
    We donít use IF only in meaning of a clause?

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    Re: if/whether

    We tend to use 'whether' when we give both possibilities:
    I don't know whether she'll come or ot.
    We use 'whether' before an infinitive:
    I don't know whether to go or not. (here, you couldn't use 'if')

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    Re: if/whether

    And in all the other meaning I can use both whether and if ?
    What about this sentence: "Could I please ask if we can have an early-morning flight?" ? <--- why is IF used there (instead of WHETHER) ?

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    Re: if/whether

    You could use 'whether' there. You can't use whether in a lot of first conditional sentences:
    If it rains, I'll stay in. (correct)
    Whether it rains, I'll stay in. (incorrect)

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