how to pronounce whether


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the above transcription of whether is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

whether is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of whether in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… to see at the zoo whether you see a new …”

meanings of whether


  1. Used to introduce a disjunctive adverbial clause which qualifies the main clause of the sentence (with correlative or).
  2. Without a correlative, used to introduce a simple indirect question.
  3. Introducing a direct interrogative question (often with correlative or) which indicates doubt between alternatives.
  4. Used to introduce an indirect interrogative question that consists of multiple alternative possibilities (usually with correlative or).


  1. Which of two.


  1. Which of two.

whether frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word whether occurs in english on average 205.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics whether can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that whether can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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