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    #1

    whether

    Hi guys,

    Can we say "I wanted to know whether there was anyone with the name john", can whether be followed by was or were?

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    #2

    Re: whether

    If that is a complete sentence, I would say only "was".

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    #3

    Re: whether

    ... and I think it should be "John".

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    #4

    Re: whether

    I wanted to ask whether we can use was with "whether", ok and how would you write or say that sentence?

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    #5

    Re: whether

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I wanted to ask whether we can use was with "whether", ok and how would you write or say that sentence?
    As Mike said, use "was".

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    #6

    Re: whether

    So we can't use whether?

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    #7

    Re: whether

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    So we can't use whether?
    Yes, you can. Nobody suggested that you couldn't.

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    #8

    Re: whether

    So could you tell me the correct sentence.

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    #9

    Re: whether

    Oh my God! Do you read these posts at all? Exactly as it was written except for the capital J. Use "was" not "were."
    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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