Kodi Arfer / Wisterwood

If vs. Whether

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#001 | HeyDude | Wed 8 Jan 2014 @ 7:18:05 PM (UTC)
Does anybody else try to preserve the distinction between the two words?
Does anybody else know the distinction between them?
Does anybody else care?
#002 | Kodiologist | Wed 8 Jan 2014 @ 9:00:11 PM (UTC)
I suppose there are some contexts in which they're interchangeable, but clearly they aren't in every context.

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#003 | willis5225 | Fri 10 Jan 2014 @ 12:12:40 AM (UTC)
I do. But I don't feel great about it.
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#004 | Kylo Force | Fri 10 Jan 2014 @ 1:39:06 AM (UTC)
Okay, I'll bite. Is one creating a conditional statement and the other not? I sat here thinking about this for about 2 minutes trying to come up with a really solid distinction in my head.
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#005 | HeyDude | Fri 10 Jan 2014 @ 2:12:41 AM (UTC)
Yep. If is for if-then. Whether is for this or that.

I'll tell you if I'm coming to the party means that you will hear from me IF I am coming and implies that if I don't come you won't hear from me. If and only if, would explicitly say that.

I'll tell you whether I'm coming to the party means that I'll tell you which one I chose.

Rule of thumb: if always sounds like it'll be OK and whether sounds weird when you use it wrong. So mentally try whether first and if it doesn't work, use if.