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    if or whether

    Use if or whether to fill in the blank.
    Please tell me ____ you dont like jazz music.(from an exercise book)

    The answer key is
    if, but I think whether is also OK. What do you think?
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    Re: if or whether

    If is more natural. Here's a counterexample: Please tell me whether you like jazz.

    The difference is that my sentence offers an unspoken dichotomy: whether you [do or don't] like jazz. The test question could be rephrased as Please ask me to change the music if you don't like jazz.
    I am not a teacher.

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