Whether … or not.

When using “whether,” it is usually unnecessary to add the words “or not.” Compare these examples:

  • Kaleen asked whether or not it was too late to pick a different kitten.
  • Kaleen asked whether it was too late to pick a different kitten.

In the first example, the words “or not” are superfluous because they add nothing to the sentence’s meaning. That’s because, ordinarily, “whether” implies “or not.” So the next time you use “whether,” pause … and then ask yourself if “or not” is necessary. It probably isn’t.

That is all for now …

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