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# Usage of Whether and If

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21 Feb 2008, 20:34
Usage of Whether and If

1. When both choices are given, we generally use whether rather than if:

* I don't know whether she's coming or not. (It would be possible to use if here, but less common.)

2. Before an infinitive with to we use whether:

* I don't know whether to accept their offer or not. (If would not be used here.)

3. We can use whether after a preposition:

* It's a question of whether we can agree on everything. (If would not be used here.)

4. Both whether and if can be used in indirect speech to introduce a yes/no question:

* Did they say whether/if they were going to be late?

5. After some verbs, we use whether:

* I doubt whether they'll make it.
* We discussed whether it was the correct decision.

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21 Feb 2008, 20:42
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22 Feb 2008, 16:52
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23 Feb 2008, 09:40
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23 Feb 2008, 10:10
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02 Dec 2012, 11:26
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with the mentioned rules, how can we answer the following question? (OG 12 (q34))
Beyond the immediate cash flow crisis that the
museum faces, its survival depends on if it can
broaden its membership and leave its cramped
quarters for a site where it can store and exhibit its
more than 12,000 artifacts.
(A) if it can broaden its membership and leave
(B) whether it can broaden its membership
and leave
(C) whether or not it has the capability to broaden
its membership and can leave
(D) its ability for broadening its membership
and leaving
(E) the ability for it to broaden its membership
and leave

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