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- Unaccustomed to being spontaneous, Jill couldn’t decide whether she should be spending her bonus on a new computer.

Is this sentence correctly written? If not, then how should it be written?

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In my opinoin,

'Unaccustomed to being spontaneous' modifies Jill - Correct.

The more concise way of writing the second part is - 'Jill couldn't decide whether to spend her bonus on a new computer.' However, I donot see any grammatical error in the original sentence either.

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No thats not the problem. Actually whether is always used along with or not i.e whether or not. It is missing here.
It should be like this:
Unaccustomed to being spontaneous, Jill couldn't decide whether to spend her bonus on a new computer or not.
KumarGMAT wrote:
In my opinoin,

'Unaccustomed to being spontaneous' modifies Jill - Correct.

The more concise way of writing the second part is - 'Jill couldn't decide whether to spend her bonus on a new computer.' However, I donot see any grammatical error in the original sentence either.

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Apparently, Manhattan Gmat says that "whether to" is the correct term to use, so you guys are correct.

I just don't understand why "whether she should be" is incorrect... it SOUNDS correct. Is it because it's unidiomatic?

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ritula wrote:
No thats not the problem. Actually whether is always used along with or not i.e whether or not. It is missing here.
It should be like this:
Unaccustomed to being spontaneous, Jill couldn't decide whether to spend her bonus on a new computer or not.
KumarGMAT wrote:
In my opinoin,

'Unaccustomed to being spontaneous' modifies Jill - Correct.

The more concise way of writing the second part is - 'Jill couldn't decide whether to spend her bonus on a new computer.' However, I donot see any grammatical error in the original sentence either.

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whether or not is incorrect usage !!!
whether itself conveys the meaning whether or not !!
Jill couldn't decide whether to spend her bonus on a new computer.

this is perfect !!!
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