Whether or and whether or not

Whether or and whether or not is a paired or correlative conjunction. It is a subordinating conjunction of condition used when there are two possible alternatives. In short, whether or and whether or not conjunction is used to express doubt between two possible options.

•Though the meaning of whether or looks same like “if” but, “if” conjunction is used for only conditional sentences. Whereas, whether or is used to express the doubt between two possible options in the situation.

Difference between whether or and if

•Inform me whether you work with us or think otherwise.

•Inform me if you are interested to work with us.

“Hidden meaning of whether or is “to do something in spite of yours objection”.

•Whether you like it or not, we have decided to go ahead on this project.

•Whether you are comfortable here or feeling trouble, you have to adjust for couple of days.

“Here, you have two alternatives, but, one is destined for you to choose.”

•It is your obligation to pay all the dues whether it is affordable for you or not.

•Whether you agree or not, you will have to cooperate with them.

“Whether or is also used to indicate inability to make decisions between two options.”

•I’m still in a confusion whether to go for picnic or stay safe at home.

•I am not sure whether my decision to introduce Bio-fertilizer is good or bad for our organization.

“It is important to use parallel structure when we prefer correlative conjunction. It means that equal grammatical units should be joined.”

•For example, this ground is both vast and green. Here, two adjectives are joined by correlative conjunction both.. and.

“Comma is generally used to separate the correlative conjunction if it is used at the beginning.”

•Whether you agree or not, you will have to cooperate with them.

There are other certain rules regarding the correct use of correlative conjunctions, about which I will discuss in the next blog.

Functions of preposition

Adverbial complements

Outline of subordinating conjunctions

Adversative coordinating conjunctions

Adverb clause describing reason