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    #1

    This question is about whether we can learn English here in my country.

    This question is whether we can learn English here in my country.

    This question is about whether we can learn English here in my country.

    Can you feel any difference in meaning between them? Thank you so much as usual and I hope to hear from you.

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    #2

    Re: This question is about whether we can learn English here in my country.

    No.

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    Re: This question is about whether we can learn English here in my country.

    Thank you, and you mean although there is "about" or not , the meaning of the two sentences is the same?

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    #4

    Re: This question is about whether we can learn English here in my country.

    Yes.

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    Re: This question is about whether we can learn English here in my country.

    I am so confused now, but we cannot say that the question is about "How old are you"? But we can say that the question is, "How old are you? That's why I think there must be a difference in meaning with "about" in one sentence, but not in the other. What do you teachers think? Thank you.

    P.S. "The question is (about) whether S+V" construction is a special case?

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    #6

    Re: This question is about whether we can learn English here in my country.

    If an issue can be discussed, then the question can be about it. There can be no discussion about a question to which there can be only one factual answer.

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