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Similar Sounding Commonly Confused Words: Whether and Weather


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The words whether and weather sound similar when spoken, but are different words.

The word whether is used when you want to establish an alternative/option.

The word weather can be used both as a noun and as a verb.

(a) The word weather as a noun refers to the climate.

(b) The word weather as a verb means: endure; withstand; last out; live through; come through.
- Antonym: succumb.


Sample Usage

Examples of Whether:
1. Vandana was determined to reach the platinum level of membership whether it was for one week or for just two days before the membership levels changed.
2. Karthikeyan was not sure whether his friend would be able to reach home on time.
3. The coach wondered whether the football team would win their debut game.

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(a) Examples of Weather as a noun:
1. The weather in Chennai is generally hot for a greater part of the year.
2. To avoid the chilly weather outside, most of the town’s residents remained indoors.
3. The possibility of rainy weather ruining the pitch could not be ruled out.


(b) Examples of Weather as a verb:
1. The hotel guests managed to weather the storm when it struck the coastal town.
2. The businessman successfully managed to weather the recession through some good strategic planning.
3. If one weathers failures and learns from mistakes, one can achieve one’s goals.


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