Whether vs. Rather

'Whether' and 'rather' are confused by earners. In this lesson, we will learn their uses and differences.

"Whether" vs. "Rather" in the English grammar

What Is Their Main Difference?

The main difference between 'whether' and 'rather' is in their parts of speech. 'Whether' is a conjunction while 'rather' is an adverb.

Parts of Speech

'Whether' is a conjunction. It is classified as a subordinating conjunction. 'Rather' is an adverb. Have a look:

I'm deciding whether I should take Chinese language classes or not.

I rather keep my personal life private.


'Whether' and 'rather' have different meanings as well.
'Whether' introduces alternatives and conditions.
'Rather' expresses preference.
Take a look at the following examples:

We called to see whether we can book a therapy session or not.

They rather stay home than attend parties.


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