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# Whether question

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06 Oct 2008, 12:46
- 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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06 Oct 2008, 19:28
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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06 Oct 2008, 22:57
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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07 Oct 2008, 07:21
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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12 Oct 2008, 05:51
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.

Regards,

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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Re: Whether question   [#permalink] 12 Oct 2008, 05:51
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