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Autor:  J
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Data:  14/SET/2013 1:52 PM
Assunto:  either... or VS whether...or
 
Mensagem:  Hi,

Would anyone be kind enough to tell apart "whether.. or" from "either..or"? 
Does puNctuation interfere? Should a comma be inserted before the first blank so we could use the latter pair?

EXAMPLE: "You'll be in dire straits _______ you stay _______ run away."

(quer...quer...               X          ou...ou...)


What do you think? Between them, which option is the better?

Kindly,

J



p.s.: As far as I know, in sentences like: "I wonder whether you trust God or not", the conjunction "either...or" makes no sense, and replacing "whether" with "if " is incorrect because the correlative conj. "if...or" is ungrammatical. In Portuguese we label it as "conjunção condicional (if) /  conjunção integrante (if/whether)"

Please, help!!!


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 either... or VS whether...or  –  J  14/SET/2013, 1:52 PM
either... or VS whether...or  –  Teacher  14/SET/2013, 3:10 PM
either... or VS whether...or  –  J  14/SET/2013, 4:23 PM
somebody else, pls?  –  J  15/SET/2013, 9:46 PM
somebody else, pls?  –  PPAULO  15/SET/2013, 11:44 PM
somebody else, pls?  –  PPAULO  15/SET/2013, 11:52 PM
somebody else, pls?  –  PPAULO  16/SET/2013, 12:13 AM
"whether...or..." VS "either...or..  –  J  16/SET/2013, 7:09 AM
"whether...or..." VS "either...or..  –  Thomas - USA  18/SET/2013, 10:52 PM

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