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Difference between 'IF' and 'WHETHER'



 
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Difference between 'IF' and 'WHETHER' #1 (permalink) Thu Aug 05, 2004 17:14 pm   Difference between 'IF' and 'WHETHER'
 

Can someone explain the difference between the use of IF and WHETHER?

Thanks

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Whether and if #2 (permalink) Fri Aug 06, 2004 7:24 am   Whether and if
 

Hi Clark,

Many thanks for your interesting question.

There are cases in which «whether» and «if» have the same meaning.

For example:

«I don't know whether you've taken all of our English tests». or: «I don't know if you've taken all our English tests».

Now, you can use whether when you want to list alternatives.

For example: «I don't know whether I'll go to the US to continue my studies or stay in Europe».

TOEIC listening, question-response: Do you know when Ms. Peabody will return?
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Whether or if? #3 (permalink) Fri Aug 06, 2004 11:27 am   Whether or if?
 

brilliant stuff, thanks Torsten.
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if and whether #4 (permalink) Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:05 am   if and whether
 

Thanks for that info but, I still need to understand he "difference" between the two? How do i explain them to a NON native English speaker?
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Difference between 'IF' and 'WHETHER' #5 (permalink) Mon Apr 07, 2008 4:55 am   Difference between 'IF' and 'WHETHER'
 

Hi Will141414

There is a nice write-up here about if vs whether.
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WOW #6 (permalink) Mon Apr 07, 2008 6:21 am   WOW
 

Thats perfect!!! exactly what i needed Amy!!

Thanks a million!!
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Difference between 'IF' and 'WHETHER' #7 (permalink) Wed Sep 28, 2011 15:13 pm   Difference between 'IF' and 'WHETHER'
 

Headline on the front page of today's (28/9/11) Daily Telegraph:
"Victims of crime to decide if police investigate"
The headline doesn't state what the victims are to decide, if the police decide to investigate.
If the headline had used 'whether' then the meaning would have been clear.
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