Weekly Grammar Tip: weather/whether

What’s the difference between ‘weather’ and ‘whether’?

The words ‘weather’ and ‘whether’ sound the same but they are used differently.

WEATHER refers to the climate (except in the idiom “to weather the storm” where it is used as a verb).

I can’t believe this hot weather lately.

What’s the weather like today?

WHETHER is a conjunction that offers a comparison or contrast of choices.

I don’t know whether to eat the chocolate now or later.

It depends on whether or not you drank all the Shiraz last night.

Incidentally, wether is a castrated sheep.

Let’s see what the WEATHER is doing and then we’ll decide WHETHER we’ll go to the zoo or the movies.


2 comments on “Weekly Grammar Tip: weather/whether

  1. I heard something when I was little that my friend also found useful: “Whether the weather is cold/ or whether the weather is hot/ we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather,/ whether we like it or not.”

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