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It is unclear whether chimpanzees are unique among nonhuman

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New post 31 Oct 2014, 03:46
Indeed, the usage of if vs whether is key to solving this question.

if is used for a conditional sentence, whereas whether is used when the intent is to depict a choice, an alternative or a possibility.

An example:

If the currency depreciates, exports receive a boost.
– This sentence has a conditional event being narrated and hence, the usage of if is appropriate.

After two successive cycles of recession, the question is whether the economy will finally improve.
– This sentence expresses uncertainty vis-à-vis economy’s fate, with two possible outcomes: Economy may or may not improve.

By the way, while it is not the case in this sentence, a handy recommendation is that when deciding on the usage of if/whether after a verb (for example, is) or a preposition, the usage of whether is appropriate (the question is whether....).

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Hussain15 wrote:
It is unclear whether chimpanzees are unique among nonhuman species in their ability to learn behaviors from one another, or if, when other animals are studied in as much depth, similar patterns would be found.
A. if, when other animals are studied in as much depth, similar patterns would be found
B. if other animals were studied with as much depth they would exhibit similar patterns
C. would similar patterns be found in other animals if they were studied in as much depth
D. whether similar patterns would be exhibited in other animals that were studied with as much depth
E. whether other animals would exhibit similar patterns if they were studied in as much depth


Apart from "with as depth" d also have another problem.

the meaning presented by "animals that were studied" make no sense in this context. we need the meaing of "if they were..."
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Hussain15 wrote:
It is unclear whether chimpanzees are unique among nonhuman species in their ability to learn behaviors from one another, or if, when other animals are studied in as much depth, similar patterns would be found.
A. if, when other animals are studied in as much depth, similar patterns would be found
B. if other animals were studied with as much depth they would exhibit similar patterns
C. would similar patterns be found in other animals if they were studied in as much depth
D. whether similar patterns would be exhibited in other animals that were studied with as much depth
E. whether other animals would exhibit similar patterns if they were studied in as much depth


I am not sure why in option E were is used, shouldn't it be are, what's the justification to use past conditional, especially when the non underlined portion in the presnt tense.
whether other animals would exhibit similar patterns if they were studied in as much depth

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It is unclear whether chimpanzees are unique among nonhuman species in their ability to learn behaviors from one another, or if, when other animals are studied in as much depth, similar patterns would be found.

(A) if, when other animals are studied in as much depth, similar patterns would be found. Whether ....or if, is not idiomatic
(B) if other animals were studied with as much depth they would exhibit similar patterns. Whether ....or if, is not idiomatic
(C) would similar patterns be found in other animals if they were studied in as much depth. Incorrect, comparing chimpanzees to similar patterns
(D) whether similar patterns would be exhibited in other animals that were studied with as much depth. Incorrect, comparing chimpanzees to similar patterns
(E) whether other animals would exhibit similar patterns if they were studied in as much depth. Correct
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