If or whether: Grammar exercise

October 29, 2013pdf

Complete the following sentences using if or whether. In some cases they are both possible.

1. I am not sure …………………………. I will have the time.

a) whether

b) if

c) Either could be used here

2. She asked me …………………………… I was working.

a) if

b) whether

c) Either could be used here

3. We discussed ………………………. we should throw a party to celebrate the occasion.

a) whether

b) if

c) Either could be used here

4. …………………………. she will me recognize me I am not sure.

a) Whether

b) If

c) Either could be used here

5. There was a big argument about ……………………. she should resign.

a) if

b) whether

c) Either could be used here

6. I can’t decide ……………………………….. to go on a diet or not.

a) whether

b) if

c) Either could be used here

7. ………………………… she can get along with your mother is another matter.

a) whether

b) if

c) Either could be used here

8. He asked me …………………………. I had ever been to Europe.

a) if

b) whether

c) Either could be used here

9. I don’t know ………………………… she will come.

a) whether

b) if

c) Either could be used here

10. Janet is going to marry Charles …………………………… she likes it or not.

a) whether

b) if

c) Either could be used here

Answers

1. I am not sure whether/if I will have the time.

2. She asked me if / whether I was working.

3. We discussed whether we should throw a party to celebrate the occasion. (Whether is preferred after the verb discuss.)

4. Whether she will recognize me I am not sure. (When an indirect question comes at the beginning of the sentence, whether is used.)

5. There was a big argument about whether she should resign.

6. I can’t decide whether to go on a diet or not.

7. Whether she can get along with your mother is another matter.

8. He asked me whether / if I had ever been to Europe.

9. I don’t know whether / if she will come.

10. Janet is going to marry Charles whether she likes it or not.

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