Can you start a question with whether?
Both whether and if can be used to introduce indirect questions of the type that expect a ‘yes/no’ answer: She asked if/whether I liked jazz. Use whether, but not if, before an infinitive: She can’t decide whether to marry him.
What is it called when you ask a question that is not meant to be answered?
A rhetorical question is one for which the questioner does not expect a direct answer: in many cases it may be intended to start a discourse, or as a means of displaying or emphasize the speaker’s or author’s opinion on a topic.
Is if a Complementizer?
The complementizer that in (1) functions to link the embedded sentence to the main clause, but can often be left out in English. Other examples of complementizers are if, whether, because, unless, and since.
Do you have to say whether or not?
A: In the phrase “whether or not,” the “or not” is often optional. When the choice is up to you, you can generally use either “whether” or “if.” But you definitely need “or not” when you mean “regardless of whether,” as in, “I’m out of here whether you like it or not!”
What is DP in syntax?
In linguistics, a determiner phrase (DP) is a type of phrase posited by virtually all modern theories of syntax. For example in the phrase the car, the is a determiner and car is a noun; the two combine to form a phrase.
What is a TP in syntax?
“TP” stands for “tense phrase”. “T’” seems to stand for “tense”. “T” stands for “auxiliary verb”, not used in this case.
What is the correct way to spell Whether?
The conjunction “whether” is similar to “if.” It is most often used to introduce an indirect question. (Provided the spelling is correct, “whether” is generally used correctly by native English speakers.
How do you use whether correctly?
To sum up, use “whether” when you have two discrete choices or mean “regardless of whether,” and use “if” for conditional sentences.