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    As we know, "whether+infinitive" is often used as object of a verb. For example, "He couldn't decide whether to go abroad or not/whether or not to go abroad." My question is, "whether+infinitive" can also be used as subject of a sentence?

    Please take a look at the following sentences.
    a. Whether to marry him or not is no laughing matter.
    b. Deciding whether to marry him or not is no laughing matter.

    Are both a and b correct? Or only b is correct? To my mind, both a and b are correct, but I am not sure. Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks a lot.

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    Re: whether+infinitive

    I would consider A correct.
    Whether it rains or not will determine our plans for tomorrow -- this seems okay to me too.
    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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