Does the use of "whether" make sense in this sentence?

For instance, the use of line designs in the background imparts the notion of constant motion, whether that motion be simply the air.

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  • Welcome to EL&U. Please note that this is not a proofreading service or a writers workshop, though we can help you with specific questions about grammar or usage. Why do you think it does or doesn't make sense? Where have you looked for this construction elsewhere? Please take the site tour and review the hel[ center for guidance on how this site operates. – choster Mar 5 '15 at 0:41
  • If you substitute even if that motion is for whether that motion be, you get a grammatical English sentence. Whether that sentence means what you want this one to is another question. – Peter Shor Mar 5 '15 at 2:57

No – the sentence is incomplete. The current use of the word "whether" implies there is a potential alternative cause of the motion other than the air. It's hard to offer a suggestion of how you might rewrite the sentence without more context.

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