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Can we use if/whether interchangeably in indirect questions?
e.g. Can you tell me if/whether he wil come tomorrow? And after: do you mind?
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by Piscean; 27-Aug-2015 at 14:55. Reason: formatting
There's another situation where only 'if' works.
"I'll be out in the garden. Can you tell me if Mary comes?"
There are probably sentences where only 'whether' works, but someone else can think of one.
Last edited by Piscean; 27-Aug-2015 at 07:33. Reason: fixed typo
I don't think "Do you mind whether ..." would work.
In one sense. Do you mind whether he comes or not?
Generally speaking, if you can add "or not" then you can (old purists may say "should") use "whether."
I don't know whether (or not) he is coming.
I don't care whether or not he is coming. (Neutral on his being there.)
I don't mind if he comes. If he comes, I don't mind. (I have no objection to his being there.)
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.