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# use of whether idiom

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25 Mar 2019, 05:12
1) Whether a star becomes a black hole at the end of its life depends on whether its remaining mass,after successive giant stages,is sufficiently large.
2) Whether the state will be able to avoid a full-blown recession depends on whether the agricultural sector is able to rebound this year.

These are the two sentences in which whether is used twice.
As I understand whether is a conjunction.

My question are
1) Will these sentences be correct if i remove the first whether
2) if whether is a conjunction then which two entities both of these "whether" connect.
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27 Mar 2019, 18:41
aashishlandmark wrote:
1) Whether a star becomes a black hole at the end of its life depends on whether its remaining mass,after successive giant stages,is sufficiently large.
2) Whether the state will be able to avoid a full-blown recession depends on whether the agricultural sector is able to rebound this year.

These are the two sentences in which whether is used twice.
As I understand whether is a conjunction.

My question are
1) Will these sentences be correct if i remove the first whether
2) if whether is a conjunction then which two entities both of these "whether" connect.

1) No, the sentences will not be correct if you remove the first 'whether'. That applies to both sentences.

2) 'Whether' can be used as a conjunction. The second 'whether' in each sentence is a conjunction that combines the two parts of the sentence. I don't believe that the first 'whether' is a conjunction, although I'm not sure what the term for it is. Luckily, all you need for the GMAT is the knowledge that including two 'whethers' in a sentence is completely okay.
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