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There are less than 60 Javan rhinos

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There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers.

a) There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
b) Less than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
c) There are fewer than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers or not
d) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
e) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure if the species can recover its numbers
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A,B are out because of "Less" - should be fewer
C out because of unnecessary "or not" at the end. use of "whether" already implies it
E out because it uses "if" when it should be WHETHER
D - correct
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New post 15 Apr 2014, 06:03
Was torn between options D & E

whether and if cannot be used interchangeably?

Can someone please clarify.

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New post 15 Apr 2014, 12:08
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There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers.

a) There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
b) Less than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
c) There are fewer than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers or not
d) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers
e) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure if the species can recover its numbers


Answer is D:

a) There are less than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers WRONG Less is not correct
b) Less than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers WRONG Less is not correct
c) There are fewer than 60 Javan rhinos in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers or not WRONG or not is not correct and useless
d) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure whether the species can recover its numbers Right!!
e) Fewer than 60 Javan rhinos remain in the world today and specialists are unsure if the species can recover its numbers WRONG if is not correct

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Can count the rhinos so countable noun - fewer

Options to select - whether over if

or not - unnecessary.

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New post 28 Jul 2017, 00:17
darkhorse19 wrote:
Was torn between options D & E

whether and if cannot be used interchangeably?

Can someone please clarify.

Thanks in advance


If is used when there is a conditional sentence , since there is no condition in this sentence, whether is preferred
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