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    Be it/ whether

    Our team welcomes members from different races, be it white, black or yellow.

    Our team welcomes members from different races, whether you are white, black or yellow.

    Does "whether" and "be it" mean the same thing? Thank you.

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    Re: Be it/ whether

    Neither is natural. For a start, you used "members" so you need to use "they".

    Our team welcomes members from all different races, be they ...

    However, and it's a big however, this is a very slippery, dangerous slope to be dealing with. For a start, "black", "white" and "yellow" aren't races, they are skin colours. They are not the same thing. Using "yellow" to describe people is really not done these days. In these days of political correctness, you would be much better off using a blanket statement such as "Our team extends a warm welcome to everyone". At most, you could use "Our team welcomes members from all different backgrounds".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Be it/ whether

    Actually I want to know if these expressions can be used interchangeably with my own context. In my perspective, I consider "be it" more formal and of a higher standard than "whether", is it right?

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    Re: Be it/ whether

    Please provide a different sentence and context in which you want to see if "be it" and "whether" can be used interchangeably.
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    Re: Be it/ whether

    1.Could you explain your ideas to a non-scientist? Be they pupils in secondary school or a politician attending a national exhibition.
    2.Could you explain your ideas to a non-scientist? Whether they are pupils in secondary school or a politician attending a national exhibition.

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    Re: Be it/ whether

    I am also having problem with using this phrase "be it/they". I actually need someone to clarify it.

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    Re: Be it/ whether

    Quote Originally Posted by yslamac View Post
    1.Could you explain your ideas to a non-scientist, be they ​secondary school pupils in secondary school or a politician attending a national exhibition?

    2.Could you explain your ideas to a non-scientist, whether they are secondary school pupils in secondary school or a politician attending a national exhibition?
    See above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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