decide + whether or if?

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In a sentence like ".....decide whether...", in what conditions can "whether" be replaced by "if"? I came across some vigorous debates on this instance particularly pertaining to GMAT.

e.g.
I can't decide whether to live or die. ("if" not applicable here)

And some other examples I can't think of right now... 8)[/i]
 

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'Whether' is much more common before an infinitive. ;-)
 

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Often you can use either one, but they are not interchangeable.

whether:
  • I can't decide whether to live or die.

if:
  • I can't decide if I want to live or if I want to die.
 
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