Whether vs. Regardless

'Whether' and 'regardless' are used in different contexts but they may be confused by learners. In this lesson, we will learn all about them.

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

What Is Their Main Difference?

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

Parts of Speech

'Whether' is a conjunction. It is classified as a subordinating conjunction. It is used to connect clauses.

I'm not sure whether I want to be at the party or not.

No one knows whether he would like it.

'Regardless' is an adverb. To be more specific, it is a conjunctive adverb.

We are moving offices regardless of the workers' opposition.

I was interested in the product regardless of the bad reviews.


'Whether' and 'regardless' are also different the meaning they convey.
'Whether' means 'if.' It is used to introduce alternatives and conditions.
'Regardless' means 'despite.' It is used to show that something happening in spite of a hurdle.

I was wondering whether you would like to join us tomorrow.

We went to the party regardless of the fact that we didn't like some of the guests.


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