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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 1:20:07 AM
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Transitions enhance logical organization and understandability
and improve the connections between thoughts. They indicate relations,
whether within a sentence, paragraph, or paper.
http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr6.htm
What is the grammatical form (parts of speech) and function of "whether" here?
Thanks
mactoria
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 3:06:56 AM
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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Transitions enhance logical organization and understandability
and improve the connections between thoughts. They indicate relations,
whether within a sentence, paragraph, or paper.
http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr6.htm
What is the grammatical form (parts of speech) and function of "whether" here?
Thanks



Jigneshbharati: Did you try entering the word "whether" in to the TFD search engine at the top of this page? If not, try it and it should give you the information you need to answer what part of speech "whether" is in the context of this particular sentence (hint: "whether" is usually used as a conjunction, though it sometimes can be used as a pronoun, so using the exemplar sentences in the TFD definitions you should be able to figure this out). Good luck.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 3:13:01 AM
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Thanks. If it's a conjunction, what does it join here clauses or phrases?
sureshot
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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thanks. If it's a conjunction, what does it join here clauses or phrases?


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"Whether ... or" can be used as paired conjunctions. "Whether" is used when talking about a choice you have to make or about something that is not certain. The grammatical function of the word(s) or phrase after the first conjunction "whether" and the second conjunction "or" is similar. In this case, both "whether" and "or" are followed by nouns. It should now be obvious that in the given sentence, the conjunction pair "Whether ... or" has joined the ensuing nouns.


Audiendus
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:37:08 AM
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The full grammatical form of the sentence would be:

"They indicate relations, whether the relations are within a sentence, within a paragraph, or within a paper."


You can see from this that "whether" is a conjunction, introducing an implied clause.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 8:36:09 AM
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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 8:52:50 AM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thanks. If it's a conjunction, what does it join here clauses or phrases?

There was a time when I thought that 'whether' is only used two join two alternatives like 'either'. But then I discovered that there can be more than two of them. If this is what you misunderstand take a second look at the phrase:

Quote:
whether within a sentence, paragraph, or paper.

There are three alternatives here - not two.
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