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Weather vs. Whether - What's the Difference?

Weather and whether are a pair of homophones which means they sound the same, but they have different spellings and meanings. Here we explain how to use these words correctly.

Grammar Corner Weather vs. Whether - What's the Difference?

 

WEATHER Definition and Examples

Weather can be a noun or a verb.

  • As a noun, it refers to climate, conditions.
  • As a verb, it can mean the ability to withstand or endure the effects of weather.

WEATHER Examples:

  • There’s going to be a change in the weather.
  • Our family weathered a crisis this last year.
  • The cold weather exhilarated the walkers.
  • Did you have good weather on your trip?
  • The house weathered the storm but was severely damaged.
  • We are hoping for good weather on Sunday.

WHETHER Definition and Examples

Whether is a conjunction, which joins two words or phrases together.

WHETHER Examples:

  • Maurice asked me whether I needed any help.
  • I wasn’t sure whether you’d like it.
  • I do not care whether it rains or not.
  • He seemed undecided whether to go or stay.
  • I don’t know whether I will be able to come.
  • Let’s spin the coin to decide whether to go or not.

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