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    #1

    whether

    Hi,

    I found the following meaning for this word in the dictionary:

    "if" used to introduce two possibilities the second of which is usually preceded by "or"

    I wonder if it's really that simple, that is, if that's the only situation in which I have to use "whether" instead of "if".

    Thanks!

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    Re: whether

    Whether is commonly used to express if with a sort of doubt. Ei according to the cambridge dictionary "whether is used especially in reporting questions and expressing doubts"

    Eg I am not sure whether I am right OR wrong. I wonder whether I can do it [or not].

    And sometimes, whether is rather used to express a kind of politness.

    Eg I wonder whether I can borrow your book?


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    #3

    Re: whether

    thanks.

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