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“I don’t care if Richard Feynman (was / were) a purple leprechaun that lived in my butt!” [duplicate]

In this scene (link) from The Big Bang Theory Sheldon corrects Penny saying she forgot to use the subjunctive: Penny: Leonard, it's three o'clock in the morning! I don't care if Richard Feynman was a ...
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which is correct, if or whether? [closed]

Given the widespread use of emoticons in electronic communication, an important question is [if / whether] they help internet users to understand emotions in online communication. Is the usage of &...
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"I don't know whether/*if or not I passed"

Wiktionary says The sentences “I don't know whether or not I passed” or “I don't know whether/if I passed or not” are both correct. The sentence […] but “I don't know if or not I passed” is ...
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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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How do I correctly determine realis vs irrealis or indicative vs subjunctive in this sentence?

I stared at him to see if he were just a cartoon character. or I stared at him to see if he was just a cartoon character. The intended meaning of the two sentences above are that due to him (his ...
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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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Can "wonder if" be followed by a subjunctive clause only?

In the book A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin, I've noticed the use of the subjunctive mood after wonder if: In truth, he had scarcely considered the mudmen at all, beyond eyeing Meera once ...
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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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Is "curious if" improper to use compared to alternatives such as "curious as to" or "curious whether"?

Consider the following line, which I've heard this particular construction frequently: "I’m curious if other people feel like I do." The construct specifically is that of using "I'm curious if" to ...
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If I were him, I would doubt if she (is/was/were?) serious about this relationship

Which one is correct? If I were him, I would doubt if she is serious about this relationship. If I were him, I would doubt if she was serious about this relationship. If I were him, I would doubt if ...
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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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May conditional be used after "if"?

Is a sentence like He asked if I would lend him my car. correct, or should it be He asked if I lent him my car. or something else?
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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 ...
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