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    #1

    We don't interview the dentist about whether/if he can throw a basketball.

    1. We don't interview the dentist about whether he can throw a basketball.

    2. We don't interview the dentist about if he can throw a basketball.

    Is it correct to have an 'if clause' as an object of a preposition like sentence 2?

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    #2

    Re: We don't interview the dentist about whether/if he can throw a basketball.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. We don't interview the dentist about whether he can throw a basketball.

    2. We don't interview the dentist about if he can throw a basketball.

    Is it correct to have an 'if clause' as an object of a preposition like sentence 2?
    The second is unnatural. We generally interview people "about" or "on" a subject. I assume you know that the sentence itself is rather bizarre. Most people don't interview their dentist about anything, let alone about basketball.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: We don't interview the dentist about whether/if he can throw a basketball.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. We don't interview the dentist about whether he can throw a basketball.

    2. We don't interview the dentist about if he can throw a basketball.

    Is it correct to have an 'if clause' as an object of a preposition like sentence 2?
    I don't like #2. In fact, I don't find #1 particularly natural.

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