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I don't know if I've posted in the right section but since english is a foreign language to me.. I guess posting it there will help me to get a better explaination than any french forums.

Could anyone explain me what is the difference between using either or whether? Examples please.

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Either tends to be a choice, whereas whether is used with a hypothetical situation. e.g. You can go either to the park or the zoo. I want to go the park whether it is raining or not.
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(Original post by Mouchetic)
Hey!

I don't know if I've posted in the right section but since english is a foreign language to me.. I guess posting it there will help me to get a better explaination than any french forums.

Could anyone explain me what is the difference between using either or whether? Examples please.

Thanks for reading.
Either: soit...ou / soit
As the previous poster said, it gives a choice:
Eg: With nouns: You can have either tea or coffee.
Eg: With verbs: Either you take this medicine, or you go to hospital.

Whether: que...ou
Again, as the previous poster said, this involves a hypothetical situation.
Eg: I'll do it whether I'm allowed to or not.

Whether can also be used as a synonym for "if":
Eg: I don't know whether it's true or not.
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(Original post by Batthews)
Either tends to be a choice, whereas whether is used with a hypothetical situation. e.g. You can go either to the park or the zoo. I want to go the park whether it is raining or not.
(Original post by Anna Schoon)
Either: soit...ou / soit
As the previous poster said, it gives a choice:
Eg: With nouns: You can have either tea or coffee.
Eg: With verbs: Either you take this medicine, or you go to hospital.

Whether: que...ou
Again, as the previous poster said, this involves a hypothetical situation.
Eg: I'll do it whether I'm allowed to or not.

Whether can also be used as a synonym for "if":
Eg: I don't know whether it's true or not.
Thank you two. Both answer was useful!

Also. In what case would I rather use That's how? or That's why?
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"That's how" prefaces or follows an explanation on the way you did something. For example, "I used 200ml of vanilla essence instead of 2ml to make the cake. That's how I ruined it".

"That's why" prefaces or follows an explanation on the reason you did something. "The cake was disgusting. That's why I didn't eat it".
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"That's how" prefaces or follows an explanation on the way you did something. For example, "I used 200ml of vanilla essence instead of 2ml to make the cake. That's how I ruined it".

"That's why" prefaces or follows an explanation on the reason you did something. "The cake was disgusting. That's why I didn't eat it".
Thank you a lot Octopus!
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