Language tip of the week: whether

Posted by 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 wheather one is an optimist or a pessimist.
✓ It does not matter whether one is an optimist or a pessimist.
✗ The question is wether there 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 weather criminals need retribution or rehabilitation.
✓ … the issue of whether criminals need retribution or rehabilitation.

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