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Whether or if worksheet

Complete the following sentences using whether or if. In some cases, either could be used. printer-friendly version of this whether or if worksheet

1. I donít know ------------------------ I will have time.

a) whether b) if c) either could be used here

2. --------------------- I will be able to come Iím not sure at the moment.

a) whether b) if c) either could be used here

3. I havenít settled the question of ------------------------ I will accept this job.

a) whether b) if c) either could be used here

4. I canít decide ------------------------- to wait or leave.

a) whether b) if c) either could be used here

5. I asked ----------------------- she had any letters for me.

a) whether b) if c) either could be used here

6. I donít know --------------------- she will come or not.

a) whether b) if c) either could be used here

7. The question is ---------------------- she has the necessary qualifications.

a) whether b) if c) either could be used here

8. There was an argument about ----------------------- we should buy another car.

a) whether b) if c) either could be used here

Answers with explanation

1. I donít know whether / if I will have time.

2. Whether I will be able to come Iím not sure at the moment. (When an indirect question is fronted, whether is used.)

3. I havenít settled the question of whether I will accept this job. (After prepositions, only whether is possible.)

4. I canít decide whether to wait or leave. (Before a to-infinitive, only whether is possible.)

5. I asked whether / if she had any letters for me.

6. I donít know whether she will come or not. (Whether is preferred in a two-part question with or. If is also possible in an informal style.)

7. The question is whether she has the necessary qualifications.

8. There was an argument about whether we should buy another car. (After prepositions, only whether is possible.)

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