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Wether vs. Whether: Mastering the Correct Spelling

Edited by Aimie Carlson || By Janet White || Updated on March 13, 2024
The incorrect spelling is "Wether," while the correct spelling is "Whether." Whether is used to introduce alternative possibilities or conditions.

Which is correct: Wether or Whether

How to spell Whether?

Wether is Incorrect

Whether is Correct


Key Differences

In spelling bees, "whether" is the one that causes doubt; it's about options.
Memorize a sentence that uses "whether" correctly, such as "I don't know whether it will rain today."
"Whether" contains "her," so think about choosing 'her' or 'him' as a way to remember it introduces choices.
Think of "weather," which sounds similar but is about climate, and remember "whether" asks a choice between options.
Recall that "whether" is often followed by "or not," which should remind you of making a decision.

Correct usage of Whether

I'm not sure wether I should go to the party.
I'm not sure whether I should go to the party.
She asked me wether I prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
She asked me whether I prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
The forecast said it might rain, but wether it will is still uncertain.
The forecast said it might rain, but whether it will is still uncertain.
We need to decide wether we're going to the beach or the mountains for vacation.
We need to decide whether we're going to the beach or the mountains for vacation.
Wether is a nice animal.
Whether is a nice animal.

Whether Definitions

"Whether" can precede a statement of doubt.
I'm not sure whether she'll come.
"Whether" may also introduce a direct or indirect question.
Ask her whether she is free.
"Whether" can also introduce a comparison.
He plays whether he wins or loses.
"Whether" can express a condition.
Whether you like it or not, you have to go.
Used in indirect questions to introduce one alternative
We should find out whether the museum is open. See Usage Notes at doubt, if.
Used to introduce alternative possibilities
Whether she wins or whether she loses, this is her last tournament.
He passed the test, whether by skill or luck.
(obsolete) Which of two.
(obsolete) Introduces a direct question between alternatives (often with correlative or).
Indicates doubt between possibilities (usually with correlative or).
He chose the correct answer, but whether by luck or by skill I don't know.
Without a correlative, introduces a simple indirect question.
Do you know whether he's coming?
Introduces a disjunctive adverbial clause qualifying the main clause (with correlative or).
He's coming, whether you like it or not.
Whether or not you're successful, you can be sure you did your best.
Which (of two); which one (of two); - used interrogatively and relatively.
Now choose yourself whether that you liketh.
One day in doubt I cast for to compareWhether in beauties' glory did exceed.
Whether of them twain did the will of his father?
In case; if; - used to introduce the first or two or more alternative clauses, the other or others being connected by or, or by or whether. When the second of two alternatives is the simple negative of the first it is sometimes only indicated by the particle not or no after the correlative, and sometimes it is omitted entirely as being distinctly implied in the whether of the first.
And now who knowsBut you, Lorenzo, whether I am yours?
You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest judge.
For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
But whether thus these things, or whether not;Whether the sun, predominant in heaven,Rise on the earth, or earth rise on the sun, . . . Solicit not thy thoughts with matters hid.
"Whether" is used to introduce alternative possibilities.
He couldn't decide whether to go or stay.

Whether Sentences

I can't decide whether to wear the red dress or the blue one.
Whether he likes it or not, he has to finish his homework.
Whether you come with us or stay home is up to you.
We're trying to figure out whether the museum is open today.
The team couldn't decide whether to kick the ball or pass it.
I'm not sure whether I locked the door; I might go back and check.
Whether to take the job offer or not is a big decision.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry at that joke.
She's uncertain whether to buy a new car or save the money.
He's debating whether to cook dinner or order takeout.
She wonders whether her friend will remember her birthday.
She's unsure whether to study engineering or medicine.
Whether he wins or loses, he knows he tried his best.
We're checking the weather to see whether we can have the picnic.
They're discussing whether to watch a movie or play a game.
She's thinking about whether to cut her hair short.
Whether we go to Paris or Rome for our vacation is still undecided.
He's considering whether to run for student council.
It's unclear whether the event will be indoors or outdoors.
I need to decide whether to take the bus or walk.
The class debated whether technology does more harm than good.
It's difficult to say whether the new policy will be effective.
We're waiting to hear whether the concert has been canceled.
They were arguing about whether pineapple belongs on pizza.
Whether to adopt a dog or a cat is a tough choice.

Whether Idioms & Phrases

Whether you like it or not

Something will happen or is true, even if it is not what you want.
You're getting a haircut this weekend, whether you like it or not.

To see whether

To check or ascertain if something is the case or not.
I'll go outside to see whether the mail has arrived yet.

No matter whether

It doesn't matter which of the possibilities occurs; the outcome will be the same.
No matter whether you choose the salad or the soup, both are delicious.

It's a question of whether

A phrase indicating that a decision or distinction needs to be made.
It's a question of whether we prioritize speed or accuracy in this project.

Wonder whether

To feel curious or in doubt about something.
I wonder whether we'll see any stars tonight.

Debate whether

To discuss or argue about the possibilities or options.
We spent hours debating whether to travel by train or plane.

Whether or not

Used to say that something is true in either case of two possibilities.
I'm going to the beach tomorrow, whether or not it rains.

Come whether rain or shine

To attend or participate in an event regardless of the weather conditions.
The festival will be held come whether rain or shine.

Decide whether

To make a choice between options.
She needs to decide whether to accept the job offer.

Whether it be

A more formal or literary way of saying "whether it is."
We will support you, whether it be through advice or action.


What is the verb form of Whether?

"Whether" is not a verb, so it doesn't have a verb form.

What is the pronunciation of Whether?

It is pronounced as /ˈwɛð.ər/.

Which vowel is used before Whether?

Typically, the indefinite article "a" would precede "whether."

What is the root word of Whether?

The root is from Old English "hwæther."

Why is it called Whether?

The term "Whether" originates from Old English to introduce alternatives or conditions.

What is the plural form of Whether?

It doesn't have a plural form.

Which article is used with Whether?

Articles are generally not used with "whether."

Is Whether an adverb?

No, it is not an adverb.

Which conjunction is used with Whether?

"Or" is most often used with "whether."

Is Whether a noun or adjective?

"Whether" is a conjunction.

Is Whether an abstract noun?

No, it is a conjunction.

Which preposition is used with Whether?

Prepositions like "about" or "on" can sometimes precede "whether" in a sentence.

Is Whether a negative or positive word?

It is neutral; it doesn't inherently convey negativity or positivity.

Is the word Whether imperative?

No, it is not imperative.

What is a stressed syllable in Whether?

The stress is on the first syllable: "We."

What is the second form of Whether?

"Whether" doesn't have verb forms.

What is the singular form of Whether?

"Whether" does not have a singular or plural form; it's invariant.

Is Whether a countable noun?

No, it is not a noun.

How do we divide Whether into syllables?

It can be divided as "We-th-er."

What part of speech is Whether?

It is a conjunction.

Which determiner is used with Whether?

Determiners are generally not used with "whether."

What is the first form of Whether?

"Whether" doesn't have verb forms as it's not a verb.

Is Whether a vowel or consonant?

It is neither; it's a conjunction.

Is Whether a collective noun?

No, it's not a noun at all.

Is the Whether term a metaphor?

No, it is not inherently metaphorical.

How many syllables are in Whether?

Two syllables.

What is another term for Whether?

Another term could be "if."

What is the opposite of Whether?

There is no direct opposite.

What is the third form of Whether?

Again, "whether" doesn't have verb forms.

How is Whether used in a sentence?

"Whether" is used to introduce options or conditions: "I don't know whether to go out or stay home."
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