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    #1

    whether or not

    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask about the placement of "or not".

    1. It is still controversial whether or not parents should give cell phones to their children.
    2. It is still controversial whether parents should or not give cell phones to their children.
    3. It is still controversial whether parents should give or not cell phones to their children.
    4. It is still controversial whether parents should give cell phones or not to their children.
    5. It is still controversial whether parents should give cell phones to their children or not .

    I think nobody would say #1 is wrong, but how about the following sentences? Are they all fine or acceptable?

    Thank you!

    OP
    Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 24-Nov-2014 at 13:22. Reason: correction

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    #2

    Re: whether or not

    Only 1 and 5 are acceptable.

    You need to spell 'children' correctly.

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    #3

    Re: whether or not

    You could also say "whether parents should or should not..."
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Jul-2014 at 23:41. Reason: Fixing typo
    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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