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No analyst can ever be completely sure whether the value of a share will rise or not.

a. whether the value of a share will rise or not
b. if the value of a share will rise
c. whether or not the value of a share will rise
d. about whether a share's value will rise or not
e. whether a share's value will rise


Plz provide explanation for your choice!

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pkhats wrote:
No analyst can ever be completely sure whether the value of a share will rise or not.

a. whether the value of a share will rise or not
b. if the value of a share will rise
c. whether or not the value of a share will rise
d. about whether a share's value will rise or not
e. whether a share's value will rise

Plz provide explanation for your choice!

Dear pkhats,
I'm happy to help. :-)

First of all, this is a classic if/whether split. For a yes/no question, the answer to which is unknown, we always use "whether", not "if." We would use "if" for a conditional --- "If a share doesn't rise, then ..." That's not the case here. Choice (B) is wrong. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-sente ... s-whether/

Second, on the GMAT, "whether ... or not" is an abomination. This is a common construction in American colloquial English, used for clarity in spoken language, but in the formal environment of the GMAT, this construction is wrong. The words "or not" make the sentence longer and add absolutely zilch to the meaning. Anything that makes the sentence longer without adding additional meaning is 100% wrong on the GMAT. For this reason, choices (A) & (C) & (D) are wrong.

Thus, the only possible answer is (E).

This question is not very well designed. It falls short of the high standards maintained in the GMAT.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Thanks a lot for the explanation, really nice of you to have put in the correct usage - really helpful for the future.

Tk Cre! :)
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mikemcgarry wrote:
pkhats wrote:
No analyst can ever be completely sure whether the value of a share will rise or not.

a. whether the value of a share will rise or not
b. if the value of a share will rise
c. whether or not the value of a share will rise
d. about whether a share's value will rise or not
e. whether a share's value will rise

Plz provide explanation for your choice!

Dear pkhats,
I'm happy to help. :-)

First of all, this is a classic if/whether split. For a yes/no question, the answer to which is unknown, we always use "whether", not "if." We would use "if" for a conditional --- "If a share doesn't rise, then ..." That's not the case here. Choice (B) is wrong. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/gmat-sente ... s-whether/

Second, on the GMAT, "whether ... or not" is an abomination. This is a common construction in American colloquial English, used for clarity in spoken language, but in the formal environment of the GMAT, this construction is wrong. The words "or not" make the sentence longer and add absolutely zilch to the meaning. Anything that makes the sentence longer without adding additional meaning is 100% wrong on the GMAT. For this reason, choices (A) & (C) & (D) are wrong.

Thus, the only possible answer is (E).

This question is not very well designed. It falls short of the high standards maintained in the GMAT.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)

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New post 04 Apr 2016, 09:37
pkhats wrote:
No analyst can ever be completely sure whether the value of a share will rise or not.


a. whether the value of a share will rise or not
whether or not is always incorrect.

b. if the value of a share will rise
whether is preferred over if.

c. whether or not the value of a share will rise
whether or not is always incorrect.

d. about whether a share's value will rise or not
whether or not is always incorrect.

e. whether a share's value will rise
left with E.
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New post 07 Jun 2018, 10:08
mikemcgarry does this rule regarding to "whether .... or not" still apply?

I have seem some excercises that the correct answer had it.

I see "E" as the correct answer just because it is more concise.

Could you provide further explanation regarding to this rule?
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