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    #11

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    I think in (d) "it" is a dummy subject and the real subject is "whether to go to Munich or Vienna".

    Please see another example:

    It doesn't matter how old you are.

    Here, I think the real subject is "how old you are".
    You have rightly identified the subject, "how old you are", not just "how old".
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    #12

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Whether to go to Munich or Vienna is the question.
    Do you think there is a subject in this sentence?

    Then how about this one?

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Whether to go to Munich or Vienna doesn't matter.
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    #13

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    Whether to go to Munich or Vienna is the question.

    The question is whether to go there or not. - the subject is the question.

    Whether to go to Munich or Vienna doesn't matter.
    Whether to go to Munich of Vienna is not complete as a subject.


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    #14

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    Say:

    It doesn't matter whether we go to Munich or Vienna.
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    #15

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Now I think what you meant is that the key to decide whether to use this present simple is whether the speakers are presently engaged the conversation ....

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/274903-Do-you-mean-Did-you-mean?p=1537737&viewfull=1#post1537737


    Do you think the green part should be the following?

    ... the key to decide whether we use this present simple ...
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    #16

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    Don't use 'wh- infinitives' with it doesn't matter.

    It doesn't matter whether to go to Munich or Vienna.

    You can, however, use 'wh- clauses' with it doesn't matter:

    It doesn't matter whether we go to Munich or Vienna.

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    #17

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/274903-Do-you-mean-Did-you-mean?p=1537737&viewfull=1#post1537737


    Do you think the green part should be the following?

    ... the key to decide whether we use this present simple ...
    No, that would be incorrect. It should be like this:

    ... the key to deciding whether to use the present simple ...

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    #18

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    Thank you, jutfrank.

    Do you think this structure is grammatically correct?

    Whether to go to Munich or Vienna is the question.
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    #19

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    It is grammatically correct, yes, but it's better to reverse it, like this:

    The question is whether to go to Munich or Vienna.

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    #20

    Re: it doesn't matter whether to say "Yes, I did" or "Yes, I do"

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    Do you think this structure is grammatically correct?

    Whether to go to Munich or Vienna is the question.
    It's grammatical, but in most situations it would be more natural the other way around.
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