'Whether' is a commonly used conjunction in the English language. In this lesson, we will discuss how to learn and use it.
Functions of 'Whether'
'Whether' as a Conjunction
As stated above, 'whether' mainly functions as a conjunction. Below, we are going to analyze the kind of conjunction it is:
'Whether' as a Subordinating Conjunction
- When we want to choose between two possibilities or choices, we use 'whether':
The government doesn't really care
- When we want to show that something is certain in either situations:
I'm calling Martha
The whole project will fail
Position in a Sentence
Since 'whether' is a subordinating conjunction here, it mainly connects two clauses together. It mostly comes either at the beginning of the dependent clause or between the clauses we want to join. Let us take a look at the following examples:
Here, the subordinating conjunction is at the beginning of the dependent clause.
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As you can see, the conjunction is placed between the two clauses.
Note that whenever we have a subordinating conjunction at the beginning of the clause, we must always put a comma before the next clause starts.
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