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    wheter vrs. if

    I would like to know the diference between whether and If conjuntions. Please give me examples.

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    Re: wheter vrs. if

    Quote Originally Posted by shade878 View Post
    I would like to know the diference between wheter and If conjuntions. Please give me examples.
    Try some sentences with 'whether' and 'if' yourself first, then post them here.

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    Re: wheter vrs. if

    1). After Prepositions , we use only whether.
    I haven't settled the question of whether I'll go back home.
    There was a big argument about whether we should move to a new house.

    2). Whether, but not if, is used before infinitives.
    They can't decide whether to get married now or wait.

    3). When a question-word clause is a subject or complement, whether is preferred.
    Whether we can stay with my mother is another matter. - (Subject)
    The question is whether the man can be trusted. - (Complement)

    The question is if the man can be trusted. - Correct but less preferred.

    4). If an indirect question is fronted , whether is used.
    Whether I'll have time I'm not sure at the moment.

    5). Whether is generally preferred in a two - part question with or.
    The Directors have not decided whether they will recommend a dividend or reinvest the profits.

    6). After verbs that are more common in a formal style, whether is preferred.
    We discussed whether we should close the shop.

    7). Whether and if both can introduce indirect questions.
    I'm not sure whether / if I'll have time.

    8). Yes / No questions are reported with if or whether.
    I don't know if / whether I can help you.

    GMAT Grammar: "Whether" vs "If"


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