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Using *if* AND *whether* in the same phrase

I am wondering if one could use if and whether in the same phrase or whether it is better to use two identical conjunctions.
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'Would/do you mind' + whether (polite indirect questions)

Swan's 'Practical English Grammar' says: "Yes/no questions are reported with if or whether... whether and if can both introduce indirect questions." e.g: She asked me if/whether she could ...
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What is the difference between if and whether? [duplicate]

Let me know if I picked up the right file Let me know whether I picked up the right file Could anyone tell me the differences between them? Can we use ‘if’ and ‘whether’ in present, past, and future ...
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How to use “whether” and “if” [duplicate]

So I got confused about the usage of whether and if 1. I was wondering if you could tell me I was wondering whether you could tell me 2. I wondered whether you could tell me I ...
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Why do we say 'if I were' but not ' if news were'?

If I WERE rich , I would buy a car. If more good NEWS WAS reported, we would feel more hopeful. For the former, because it is a hypothetical scenario, we bring 'were' instead of 'was' even though we ...
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Combining “whether … or” and “if” clauses in a sentence

"We can’t tell whether he did 'this' or 'that', or if he was on vacation." As far as I know, a "whether ... or" clause can typically be replaced by an "if"-clause, which is often just a matter of ...
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“Whether” or “if” in this context: “I wonder *if/whether* I will ever see this again” [duplicate]

I think the more common recommendation (or appropriate) style is to use "if" in this sentence, "I wonder if I will ever see this again," because there is only one "option." Alternatively, I would ...
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IF or WHETHER? - that's the question [duplicate]

I'm a native German speaker, so forgive me if I use wrong words or wrong syntax. In a major news outlet today I read this headline: Time to decide if we want UN focused & effective or on the ...
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What's the difference between “if” and “whether”? [duplicate]

Using whether is far more common. It is certainly more formal. I would like to know whether it is a true story or fabricated. But we can use if as well in the same sentence. I would like to ...
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Use of “if”/“whether” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When are “if” and “whether” equivalent? I was told that one can use if in constructions like: ... if A, then ... But that whether should be used ...
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To determine if or to determine whether? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When are “if” and “whether” equivalent? Do these two have the same meaning: To determine if something is correct. To determine whether something ...
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“whether” vs. “if ” [duplicate]

How can I know when should I use whether or if in a sentence? I can not see any difference between whether and if. When should I use each? For me, they are the same and I am not sure if there is a ...
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When are “if” and “whether” equivalent?

Are if and whether equivalent in sentences like the ones below? How to determine if my saddle is too high? How to determine whether my saddle is too high? We should check if everything is ...