1 used when talking about a choice you have to make or about two different possibilities: He asked me whether she was coming. | The decision whether to see her was mine alone. | whether or not: I coudn't decide whether or not to go to the party.2 used to say that something definitely will or will not happen whatever the situation is: I'm sure we'll see each other again soon whether here or in New York. | whether... or not: Whether you like it or not, you're going to have to face him one day.USAGE NOTE: WHETHER GRAMMAR Whether and if are often used in similar contexts. However, whether is usually used for if when you also use the word or especially at the beginning of a sentence. People say: Whether you see her or not, phone me later. | If you see her, phone me. If can usually be used instead of whether with clauses following some verbs and adjectives: I wonder whether/if she can come. | He wasn't sure whether/if he could come (NOT ...whether could he come). But you use whether (NOT if) before infinitives: The question is whether to go or stay. Whether is also used after prepositions: It depends on whether he's ready or not. It is also used after nouns: It's your decision whether you go or stay. You often use whether with ...or not sentences, for example: You're coming whether you like it or not. | We have to decide whether or not to support this proposal. SPELLING Note the spelling is whether (NOT wether). Wheather (=sunshine, snow etc) is a completely different word.
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whether — 1. For the choice between if and whether, see if 2. 2. When the alternative to the whether clause is a simple negative, this can take several forms, but whether or not is now more usual than whether or no: • I brooded all the way whether or not I … Modern English usage
Whether — Wheth er, conj. In case; if; used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is sometimes only … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Whether or no — Whether Wheth er, conj. In case; if; used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
whether — [hweth′ər, weth′ər] conj. [ME < OE hwæther (akin to Ger weder, neither) < IE * kwotero , which (of two) < base * kwo , who (> WHAT) + compar. suffix] 1. if it be the case or fact that: used to introduce an indirect question [ask… … English World dictionary
Whether — Wheth er, pron. [OE. whether, AS. hw[ae]?er; akin to OS. hwe?ar, OFries. hweder, OHG. hwedar, wedar, G. weder, conj., neither, Icel. hv[=a]rr whether, Goth. hwa?ar, Lith. katras, L. uter, Gr. ?, ?, Skr. katara, from the interrogatively pronoun,… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
whether\ ---\ or — • whether or • whether or whether 1. coord. conj. Used to introduce an indirect question. You must decide whether you should go or stay. I don t know whether Jack or Bill is a better player. Compare: either or 2. Used to show a choice of things,… … Словарь американских идиом
whether — O.E. hwæðer, hweðer which of two, whether, from P.Gmc. *khwatharaz (Cf. O.S. hwedar, O.N. hvarr, Goth. huaþar, O.H.G. hwedar which of the two, Ger. weder neither ), from interrogative base *khwa who (see WHO (Cf … Etymology dictionary
whether — ► CONJUNCTION 1) expressing a doubt or choice between alternatives. 2) expressing an enquiry or investigation. 3) indicating that a statement applies whichever of the alternatives mentioned is the case. USAGE Whether and if are more or less… … English terms dictionary
whether */*/*/ — UK [ˈweðə(r)] / US [ˈweðər] / US [ˈhweðər] conjunction Collocations: Both whether and if can be used to introduce indirect questions of the type that expect a yes/no answer: She asked if/whether I liked jazz. Use whether, but not if, before an… … English dictionary
whether — wheth|er [ weðər, hweðər ] conjunction *** 1. ) used when someone does not know which of two possibilities is true: They asked us whether we were married. There is some doubt as to whether the illness is infectious. whether...or: She doesn t even … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English