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    #1

    Irrespective/regardless of vs. whether

    Dictionary's definitions:
    Irrespective of something: used when saying that a particular fact has no effect on a situation and is not important.

    Whether: used to say that something definitely will or will not happen whatever the situation is.

    What are the differences between the following two sentences? Is "irrespective/regardless of" in the first example a redudant ?

    (1)In Oxford, particular care has been taken to try to identify all cases of self-injury coming to the general hospital, irrespective/regardless of whether they have been referred to the hospital psychiatric service.

    (2)In Oxford, particular care has been taken to try to identify all cases of self-injury coming to the general hospital,whether they have been referred to the hospital psychiatric service.

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    Re: Irrespective/regardless of vs. whether

    The first sentence is the one that makes sense, and either "irrespective" or "regardless of" can be used.

    The second sentence is meaningless.

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    Re: Irrespective/regardless of vs. whether

    Whether requires at least two choices in the sentence. "We will help you whether you are a new member or an old one." "I don't care whether you go or not."

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    Re: Irrespective/regardless of vs. whether

    Thank you.
    Last edited by albertino; 30-Jun-2007 at 03:00.

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    Re: Irrespective/regardless of vs. whether

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Whether requires at least two choices in the sentence. "We will help you whether you are a new member or an old one." "I don't care whether you go or not."
    How about if I rephrase the sentence as this, does it stands:
    (2)In Oxford, particular care has been taken to try to identify all cases of self-injury coming to the general hospital,whether they have been referred to the hospital psychiatric service or to the general ward.



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    Re: Irrespective/regardless of vs. whether

    That is acceptable as a sentence.

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    Re: Irrespective/regardless of vs. whether

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    That is acceptable as a sentence.
    Heaps of thanks.

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