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    #1

    whether and either, whether...(or).

    I came across difficult sentences.Please give me some explanation about each of the two sentences including 'whether'.

    1."With very prominent people, their affairs, whether you're a movie star or a politician, quickly becomes public interest."
    I think this sentence above have two option. Can I use 'either' instead of 'whether' in this sentence?


    2."On Sunday, millions of people in Africa's largest country begin voting on whether to split it in two."
    I'm confused because I've thought that 'whether' should be always followed by 'or not', or 'or' in the sentence. So I guessed the 'or not' is left out.
    In the sentence 2, I think the sentence means as same as "On Sunday,..... whether to split in two or not."
    Does native speakers usually omit "or not" after "whether"?

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    #2

    Re: whether and either, whether...(or).

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post
    1."With very prominent people, their affairs, whether you're a movie star or a politician, quickly becomes public interest."
    I think this sentence above havehas two options. Can I use 'either' instead of 'whether' in this sentence?
    No
    2."On Sunday, millions of people in Africa's largest country begin voting on whether to split it in two."
    I'm confused because I've thought that 'whether' should be always followed by 'or not', or 'or' in the sentence.
    No, though if it's not there it's usually implied.
    In the sentence 2, I think the sentence means the as same as "On Sunday,..... whether to split in two or not."
    Does native speakers usually omit "or not" after "whether"?
    It depends whether (or not) they want to make the implicit explicit.
    Last edited by Tdol; 18-Jun-2012 at 08:55.

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    #3

    Re: whether and either, whether...(or).

    Quote Originally Posted by eggcracker View Post

    1."With very prominent people, their affairs, whether you're a movie star or a politician, quickly becomes public interest."
    I think this sentence above have two option. Can I use 'either' instead of 'whether' in this sentence?

    I can't work out why the writer suddenly changed "they" to "you". It would have been much better as "With very prominent people, their affairs, whether they're movie stars or politicians, quickly become public interest." The original should certainly have used "become" not "becomes" because it refers back to "affairs".
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    #4

    Re: whether and either, whether...(or).

    I agree with ems. I did 'strike through' the s of 'becomes', but it doesn't show up very well, as you see here.

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    #5

    Re: whether and either, whether...(or).

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I agree with ems. I did 'strike through' the s of 'becomes', but it doesn't show up very well, as you see here.
    So you did. I couldn't see it and even now it's difficult to see! I've recently taken to not just striking through an "s" but also changing its colour to a paler grey in the hopes that it will be clear, or striking through the entire word and replacing it with the "s-less" one.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 18-Jun-2012 at 10:51. Reason: typo
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    Re: whether and either, whether...(or).

    Does it help to underline:

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