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    One sentence and several questions.

    Dear teachers,

    please, have a look at this sentence:

    The lack of attention to this question leads to dire consequences - a website, being infected with malicious software, whether stops functioning at all or starts distributing malware to its visitors.

    "The (should I use the defenite article here?) lack of attention to this question leads to dire consequences (does it sound English "dire consequences") - a website, being infected with malicious software(Is it ok to put additional information about a website in this part of the sentence?), whether stops functioning at all or starts distributing malware to its visitors." (Did I use "whether ... or" correctly?)

    Thank you!
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    Re: One sentence and several questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Solver View Post
    Dear teachers,

    please, have a look at this sentence:

    The lack of attention to this question leads to dire consequences - a website, being infected with malicious software, whether stops functioning at all or starts distributing malware to its visitors.

    "The 1 (should I use the defenite article here?) lack of attention to this question leads to dire consequences 2 (does it sound English "dire consequences") - a website, being infected with malicious software 3 (Is it ok to put additional information about a website in this part of the sentence?), whetherit stops functioning at all or starts distributing malware to its visitors." 4 (Did I use "whether ... or" correctly?)

    Thank you!
    I numbered your questions above
    1. It depends on the previous sentences. Probably? I can't be sure though.
    2. "Dire consequences" is perfect
    3. Yes, this is nice.
    4. Not exactly (please note that you also need a subject if you have a verb in a "whether" clause). I would use "either ... or ..." in this sentence.


    The "whether" and "either" clauses are slightly different.
    • Our subject either does action A or does action B. (In the evenings I either watch TV or read a book.)
    • Our subject will do action C whether condition X or condition Y. (I'll go cycling tomorrow whether it's sunny or it's raining.)
    • Our subject will be in condition Z whether it does action D or action E. (I'll have a good time whether I see a film or go to a concert.)

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    Re: One sentence and several questions.

    Thank you! Yes, I need "either ... or" instead of "whether .... or" - I mixed them up.

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