More about whether … or not.

Two weeks ago we discussed the coupling of “whether” and “or not,” and learned that “or not” is usually unnecessary because “whether” implies “or not.”  But—of course—there’s an exception to the general rule.

“Or not” is necessary when “whether or not” means “regardless of whether.” Thus, “or not” is appropriate in these examples:

  • The game will be played whether or not it rains.
  • Court times are available whether or not you’re a tennis club member.
  • The child was required to eat his broccoli whether or not he liked it.

That is all for now …

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