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definition of the word whether

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
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Old English hwæþer

whether

  1. Used to introduce an interrogative content clause (indirect question) that consists of multiple alternative possibilities, and indicate uncertainty between them; if.
    He chose the correct answer, but whether by luck or by skill I don't know.
  2. Used to introduce a yes-or-no interrogative content clause (indirect question) that consists of a single possibility, and indicate uncertainty over it; if, whether or not.
    Do you know whether he's coming?
  3. Used to introduce multiple alternative possibilities, and indicate the irrelevance of which is the case; regardless of whether, no matter whether.
    He's coming, whether you like it or not.


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