Misused Words

Weather and Whether

Weather can be used as a noun and as a verb. As a noun it means the atmospheric conditions; as a verb it means to endure, resist, or withstand.

Today the weather will be cold but sunny. (noun)
Fortunately, we were able to weather the crisis because we had prepared for it. (verb)

Whether, a conjunction, means if.

Does it really matter whether I read this novel?
Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) Do check the (weather, whether) before you go to the beach for the day.

(2) Will it really matter (weather, whether) I check the forecast before going to the beach?

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