Whether vs. Weather

Whether vs. Weather

Isn't the English language fascinating? Where else can you get such different spellings for words that sound exactly the same? Where else can you get two words that sound exactly the same but function as different parts of speech with very disparate meanings? While the origin of words in the English language can be fun, it's not always so fun when you are unsure of how to use the words correctly. Whether you are an expert or a novice at the English language, you can benefit from an explanation of the difference between whether and weather.

Whether is a conjunction that denotes a choice between two alternatives-when unsure which possibility is correct or true, when both could be correct or true, or when it doesn't matter which is correct or true because the course of action will be the same.

1. I am not sure whether Jason was angry about the broken window or not.

2. You can decide whether we go to the movies or play basketball.

3. I have to clean my room whether I like it or not.

Weather is a noun that refers to the atmospheric conditions on a given day or at a given time. It can also be a verb meaning to change as a result of exposure to the natural elements over time or to come through (literally or metaphorically) after being battered by the "elements."

1. I am waiting to hear what the weather is going to be like today before I decide to go swimming.

2. After sitting outside for many years, the old rocking chair on my grandmother's back porch looks weathered.

3. We can weather any storm as long as we have our friends with us.

These words are very different, but they are often confused in spelling because they sound exactly the same. Remember that weather has to do with the atmosphere or air, and it is the one that has a letter "a" in it.

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