if vs whether

if whether

Definitions

  • 1) informal An uncertainty, possibility, condition, doubt etc.
  • 2) informal An uncertainty, possibility, condition, doubt etc.
  • 3) In case that; granting, allowing, or supposing that; on condition that: used in introducing a conditional sentence or clause: as, I will go if you do; if he is there, I shall see him.
  • 4) Although; notwithstanding that: as, I am honest, if I am poor; he is strong, if he is little.
  • 5) Whether: used in introducing an object clause.
  • 6) Even if; even in the circumstances that.
  • 7) Although; used to introduce a concession.
  • 8) Supposing that; used with past subjunctive indicating that the condition is not fulfilled.
  • 9) Whether; used to introduce a noun clause as the object of certain verbs.
  • 10) computing In the event that a statement is true (a programming statement that acts in a similar manner).
  • 11) Supposing that, assuming that, in the circumstances that; used to introduce a condition or choice.
  • 12) computing In the event that a statement is true (a programming statement that acts in a similar manner).
  • 13) See under As, But.
  • 14) In case that; granting, allowing, or supposing that; -- introducing a condition or supposition.
  • 15) Whether; -- in dependent questions.

Definitions

  • 1) Seeno.
  • 2) Used to introduce an indirect interrogative question that consists of multiple alternative possibilities (usually with correlative or).
  • 3) Without a correlative, used to introduce a simple indirect question; if, whether or not.
  • 4) obsolete Introducing a direct interrogative question (often with correlative or) which indicates doubt between alternatives.
  • 5) Used to introduce a disjunctive adverbial clause which qualifies the main clause of the sentence (with correlative or).
  • 6) Either.
  • 7) Used to introduce alternative possibilities.
  • 8) Used in indirect questions to introduce one alternative.
  • 9) in either case; in any case; as, I will go whether or no.
  • 10) whether.
  • 11) In case; if; -- used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is sometimes only indicated by the particle not or no after the correlative, and sometimes it is omitted entirely as being distinctly implied in the whether of the first.
  • 12) (whether or no) Regardless of circumstances.
  • 13) Which.
  • 14) Archaic Which (of two); which one (of two); -- used interrogatively and relatively.

Examples

  • 1) I would have liked to ask him, if there was any way I could.
  • 2) A metal frame and a barred gate had been fitted into the entrance, as if for a prison cell.
  • 3) Now listen...' Jamie was rubbing his chin, as if deep in thought.
  • 4) I would say the prime suspect, if I practiced criminal law, which I don't.
  • 5) By the time the 2nd one was over the 7 year old had asked several times When is this going to be over? toystory fan if you see the first one in 3d i have do you get to see the 2nd in digital 3d for free..if so how?
  • 6) My best advice is to make sure that your orthopod understands the benefit of post op pain relief… ask yours if he has ever had any work done on himself..if so, he will understand the need for regular and strong pain relief.
  • 7) This after he posted an open letter to the Republican Party in July in which he said he would be willing to re-join, \ "if and only if\" certain conditions would be met.
  • 8) They might wish she didn't have to steal the nomination at the convention, but I doubt if ultimately many will have reservations about her actually doing it ... * if* they're able to keep the damage to a controllable minimum, and * if* they can effectively conceal their hand in it.
  • 9) Back then, if you wrapped yourself up in an American Flag, in most jurisdictions, you could wind up in jail…..if you were lucky.
  • 10) Yet the College Board plans to offer Advanced Placement exams in Mandarin for the first time in 2007, and this is only if teacher ranks can be filled (a big ���if���).
  • 11) I think there is somnething in your description if the styles of misdemeanour although the cash for honours car boot is what this is really about and involving Brown who after all did know ..if he`s not incompetent
  • 12) if you have read them and don't like them or think they are "gay" which, by the way, is a really intelligent response to anything…….and if you don't get my sarcasm then you definitely shouldn't read the books…..if you can read at all, then I believe that you are probably severely confused about a lot things.
  • 13) Poetry will be there to light a candle for each one of them if you let it — in remembrance or regret if  you so choose, but mostly in honest remark upon the heart that feels it first.
  • 14) However, if historical evidence is any guide, such restraint on the part of the military may yet prove to be fleeting if  conditions continue to deteriorate.
  • 15) ‘if you like, I’ll come to Singapore with Sarah.’
  • 16) ‘if you have a complaint against a lawyer licensed in another state, contact the lawyer regulatory agency in that state for information on making a complaint.’
  • 17) ‘Perhaps if you had stayed this would have become more apparent.’
  • 18) ‘if we had finished it before we went on the tour, I think it would have been a much better record.’
  • 19) ‘if we go out she nearly always ends up in hospital.’
  • 20) ‘I'm gonna learn to dance if it takes me all night and day.’
  • 21) ‘We were asked if we would like to sit at the bar.’
  • 22) ‘See if you can track down their owners and ask for a tour.’
  • 23) ‘if I could trouble you to try a little exercise, it will help to elucidate.’
  • 24) ‘if you wouldn't mind giving me your email address, I will have her write to you to answer your questions and offer experienced advice.’
  • 25) ‘if you don't mind my saying so, this conversation is getting a little strange.’
  • 26) ‘if you ask me he's a person who doesn't have his priorities straight.’
  • 27) ‘Well, well, well, if it isn't a revision update.’
  • 28) ‘Nothing like a friendly reminder at the end of the week that I would be very lucky if I could just be left alone to do my work.’
  • 29) ‘Many libraries have little if any control over their patrons.’
  • 30) ‘if there was any weakness, it was in the print-quality of the imagery.’
  • 31) ‘So what if he did - it's none of your business anyway.’
  • 32) ‘Domino is a well-paced action movie, if a little long, with an unusual feeling of surrealism behind the action.’
  • 33) ‘It said it would not cut people's working conditions: ‘no ifs, no buts, no maybes’; and so on.’
  • 34) ‘But if - if - and these are giant ifs, put them in italics because it's great uncertainty.’
  • 35) ‘There were no mights, no ifs, no buts, no doubts, no qualifications.’
  • 36) ‘However there are always ifs and buts, and if anyone supposes I am trying to diminish Malcolm's win by making excuses, they are wrong.’
  • 37) ‘No ifs or buts about the merits of the Dubs victory, although the margin of it, nine points, scarcely did justice to Waterford's brave effort.’
  • 38) ‘And Graham had no ifs, ands or buts about what he thought, and that's what I was hoping Kerry would speak to.’
  • 39) ‘What the Security Council absolutely should not do is pass some resolution that can then be picked apart by ifs and buts and caveats.’
  • 40) ‘That might be too many ifs in the three years left until 2004, when the first major payout of over Rp 50 trillion falls due.’
  • 41) ‘What science will hazard instead of conclusions is a series of ifs.’
  • 42) ‘No ifs, no buts, no questions - they're sending me to Cambridge for the nine-month Masters program.’
  • 43) ‘It allows one to put out misleading simplifications as long as the caveats, ifs and buts are buried somewhere in the detailed material.’
  • 44) ‘Good days probably weren't on Lawler's mind as he sat out the dying minutes of the Westmeath game but for him the ifs and buts are always there.’
  • 45) ‘Well, what are the buts, ifs and shoulds of this game in which Skellig Rangers were coasting with 11 minutes left?’
  • 46) ‘Yet another may allow that torture is justified for another set of ifs.’
  • 47) ‘But frankly, that is more ifs than can be found in a Kipling poem.’
  • 48) ‘When a great new revolutionary idea hits the public, there are always doubters, raising niggling ifs and buts.’
  • 49) ‘These are big ifs and you don't have to believe in chaos theory to see that the economic consequences of what happened yesterday could be severe.’
  • 50) ‘No ifs or buts about it, victory over the hour went to the better side.’
  • 51) ‘With ifs and buts about almost everything else in the race Castleruanna is the ideal start to your betting weekend.’
  • 52) ‘It's all about standards and looking back with no ifs or buts.’

Examples

  • 1) The company was unable to say whether or not the rollout would be optical fibre technology.
  • 2) Then you will have a good idea of whether a man is genuine.
  • 3) Researchers said it be used to determine whether those with advanced cancer should still be given drug treatment.
  • 4) It refused to say whether any of the migrants had claimed asylum or been asked to leave the country.
  • 5) He says it depends whether there's a wedding in the team hotel.
  • 6) He has asked whether the use of Triamcinolone was correct so near to big races given the performance benefits.
  • 7) So I asked him whether he used gel.
  • 8) If letting a room in your house, you will need to make it clear whether guests can use other spaces such as the kitchen.
  • 9) That high excitement at the beginning of a relationship usually settles down, then you will have a better idea of whether you are right for each other.
  • 10) They will have no idea whether it is day or night.
  • 11) See whether you can introduce any new ideas or improvements.
  • 12) They can say whether they think you have a problem and refer you to a specialist.
  • 13) It did not check whether he actually used them.
  • 14) The coastguard had no idea whether or not there was anyone in the van.
  • 15) Hospital bosses claim it is impossible to say whether the cancellations are to blame.
  • 16) It depends on the context and whether you can use a euphemism.
  • 17) How would you feel if you had no idea whether they were safe?
  • 18) He added that it was too early to say whether the men would make a full recovery.
  • 19) How can it decide whether ideas are original or not?
  • 20) But the jury is still out on whether this idea has any foundation.
  • 21) It is not clear whether the direct appeal will change the landscape only a fortnight before the vote.
  • 22) The study said it was too early to measure whether the use of tablets had had an impact on results.
  • 23) There is mounting concern within the party that it will lose the flagship poll on whether to introduce the alternative vote system.
  • 24) whether she reports direct to you or not doesn't matter.
  • 25) These show red, green or yellow to direct train drivers whether to stop or go.
  • 26) That includes any match that they have any influence, whether direct or indirect.
  • 27) He said we would use the experience whether we won at Wembley or not.
  • 28) The issue for organizations is not whether to direct and control employees, but how and to what extent.
  • 29) Last week he refused to say whether he supports or condemns the action, instead urging both sides to broker a compromise.
  • 30) The government is asking UK banks whether they can introduce a similar system.
  • 31) The country is holding a referendum on March 3 to decide whether to introduce a veto for shareholders over executive pay packages.
  • 32) The speed of a moving object depends on (is relative to ) whether it is measured in the same frame of reference or across two frames.
  • 33) ‘I would also like to see our children have more of a choice about whether or not to leave the county.’
  • 34) ‘I have had considerable doubt as to whether or not the award was so high that we should reduce it.’
  • 35) ‘They had planned for this, but he still doubted whether or not it was really going to work.’
  • 36) ‘Hyndburn Council refused to say whether or not it had told Mr Smith the land was in green belt.’
  • 37) ‘As with any postponement, opinions vary as to whether or not the game could have gone ahead.’
  • 38) ‘If somebody is going to have an affair, they will do it whether or not someone tries to flirt with them.’
  • 39) ‘MPs will then make a decision whether or not to build a Crossrail station in Woolwich.’
  • 40) ‘He said he had not known at first whether or not to sign the petition, as people might think he was biased.’
  • 41) ‘Later this year, there will also be a referendum on whether or not to have a regional assembly.’
  • 42) ‘It is a matter of working out whether or not I want to even do it and then a matter of saying yes or no.’
  • 43) ‘The debate concerning whether or not to open stores on Sunday is an excellent example.’
  • 44) ‘These explanations will be checked out to establish whether or not they are genuine.’
  • 45) ‘People are starting to ask whether or not the warning and evacuation was mishandled.’
  • 46) ‘I don't want to belabour the issue whether or not all of this category actually is porn.’
  • 47) ‘It's kinda hard to really decide whether or not to call Argento on the misogyny front.’
  • 48) ‘Nor were there any questions about whether or not these young people had ever used a weapon.’
  • 49) ‘However, it is not clear whether or not Santander would be prepared to wait this long.’
  • 50) ‘This depends on whether or not your wife is working and, if so, where she will be employed.’
  • 51) ‘Possibly this will depend on whether or not he has any more legal costs that need defraying.’
  • 52) ‘It's a story, and I hope a good one, and whether or not people like it will depend on them.’
  • 53) ‘If he did, he ought then to have made enquiries as to whether it was possible to claim damages.’
  • 54) ‘Police are investigating whether he was the victim of a racially motivated attack.’
  • 55) ‘This is the time to examine whether you wish to invest in an Individual Savings Account.’
  • 56) ‘He gives me an inquisitive look, as if to enquire whether something is the matter.’
  • 57) ‘Here one does not have a clue as to whether any further investment will yield a safety benefit.’
  • 58) ‘It is not yet clear whether investors have learned the lessons of the technology boom.’
  • 59) ‘We have three at present but the plan, whether it comes to fruition or not, is for four.’
  • 60) ‘The investor bets on whether it will end up higher or lower than the spread suggests.’
  • 61) ‘It was enough to prompt a lady of a certain age to enquire whether he was wearing a vest.’
  • 62) ‘She poured the milk into a mug, enquiring as to whether he would like some as well.’
  • 63) ‘In this sense it may be of some importance to enquire whether they are chattels or not.’
  • 64) ‘I asked Mr Hoteit whether he had a minute for a short enquiry and he confirmed that he had.’
  • 65) ‘Whittock plans to appeal while the Ingrams await legal advice on whether to appeal.’
  • 66) ‘We need a plan for the future because York will change whether we like it or not.’
  • 67) ‘Traders want to know whether the scheme is still on track so they can plan for the future.’
  • 68) ‘These investors are also unsure as to whether they have the right mix in their portfolio.’
  • 69) ‘It will be a matter of judgment whether and how to take account of indirect evidence.’
  • 70) ‘The question is whether or not to seek to impose a moral straitjacket on the behaviour of others.’
  • 71) ‘It is important to check whether cashback limits are applied on a monthly or annual basis.’
  • 72) ‘It could indicate whether the cops were or weren't staying within the bounds of the law.’
  • 73) ‘Indicate whether you are a parent, a teacher or a pupil, and let us know your take on the debate.’
  • 74) ‘Members of the public are being consulted about whether to apply for the new start.’
  • 75) ‘There was no mention of whether I wanted to go or not - that was what it was like in those days.’
  • 76) ‘The user never knows what was wrong, or whether the fix being applied is effective.’
  • 77) ‘Nor had she given any indication by letter whether she admitted or denied the charges.’
  • 78) ‘The boxes should be Christmas wrapped with an indication whether it is for a man or woman.’
  • 79) ‘Zonex declined to comment on the plans or indicate whether they would be carried out.’
  • 80) ‘If it is face down he indicates to his partner by a facial expression whether it is a valuable card or not.’
  • 81) ‘It did not assist the judgment whether the error was in the map or the statement.’
  • 82) ‘The same position applies if it is not known whether a deportation order has been made or not.’
  • 83) ‘They also point out, however, that you have the choice about whether or not you use a mobile.’
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