Whether or if? Anyone?

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Hey, it's me again!

 

Just thought of another question that keeps happening when I try to write, whether or if. Does this happen to anyone else or am I the only one? Whether and if seem to have exactly the same definition, so how do you decide whether/if to use whether or if (intended pun ;)?

 

I came across this most recently when I was writing my friend in Chicago, "I don't know (whether or if) she knows or not, but it will be a nice surprise (whether or if) she has been there or not."

 

What do you guys think, whether or if?

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Whether is used when your sentence has a choice or option. e.g. "How to decide whether to use whether or if?"

 

If there are no option or choices use if. e.g. It would be a nice surprise  if she knows.

link comment answered Aug 10 '13 at 04:57 Rahul Gupta Expert

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