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Whether vs Whether or not [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 22:51
Could one you please point out the rules pertaining to the usage of Whether or not.

Whether is preferred over IF in gmat. ALso , whether is preferred when contemplating between two alternatives, but what's the deal with Whether or Not.


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Re: Whether vs Whether or not [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 22:59
You're correct, whether is preferred typically on the GMAT.

If is mainly used in the subjunctive mood.

Whether is preferred over whether or not, as the "or not" is redundant-- whether implicity implies (heh) that it's either yes or no, if you think about it, whether or not literally means "yes or no or no".
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