Language tip of the week: whetherPosted by Kati Sule on November 01, 2011
In this weekly microblog, we bring to English language learners more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary. These tips are based on areas of English (e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, etc) which learners often find difficult.
This week’s language tip is about the conjunction whether.
Notice the spelling of the word whether, and don’t confuse it with the noun weather, which sounds exactly the same.
✗ It does not matter
wheatherone is an optimist or a pessimist.
✓ It does not matter whether one is an optimist or a pessimist.
✗ The question is
wetherthere is still a place for imagination in the world.
✓ The question is whether there is still a place for imagination in the world.
✗ … the issue of
weathercriminals need retribution or rehabilitation.
✓ … the issue of whether criminals need retribution or rehabilitation.
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