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    #1

    concerning whether and as to whether

    Dear teachers,
    I have two quesions to ask:

    No.1
    Not only have Aesop's fables themselves lived for nearly 1,500 years, but expressions from them have entered the various languages.
    I think 'the' is a mistake. I don't need it. Is that right?

    No.2

    In fact, there is some quesiton _________ such a person lived at all.
    a. concerning whether b. as to whether

    The key is 'b'. No problem. Could you please explain why 'a' isn't correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #2

    Re: concerning whether and as to whether

    1 It depends- if it a restricted number of languages that we know about, then the article is correct.

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    #3

    Re: concerning whether and as to whether

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,
    I have two quesions to ask:

    No.1
    Not only have Aesop's fables themselves lived for nearly 1,500 years, but expressions from them have entered the various languages.
    I think 'the' is a mistake. I don't need it. Is that right?

    No.2

    In fact, there is some quesiton _________ such a person lived at all.
    a. concerning whether b. as to whether

    The key is 'b'. No problem. Could you please explain why 'a' isn't correct?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I agree with Tdol about the first. Because of the use of "various", however, it is likely that the article is incorrect.

    In the second "concerning" is close to correct. I would say that the question doesn't "concern" whether (or not) but that it is whether (or not). For that reason, I would use "as to".

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    Re: concerning whether and as to whether

    Dear Tdol,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    1 It depends- if it a restricted number of languages that we know about, then the article is correct.

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    Re: concerning whether and as to whether


    Dear Mike,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see. For No.2 it is a single multiple choice so there is no context. However, I understand what you and Tdol explained. I'll leave it as it is.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree with Tdol about the first. Because of the use of "various", however, it is likely that the article is incorrect.

    In the second "concerning" is close to correct. I would say that the question doesn't "concern" whether (or not) but that it is whether (or not). For that reason, I would use "as to".

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