Quick answer
"Whether" is a conjunction which is often translated as "si", and "if" is a conjunction which is also often translated as "si". Learn more about the difference between "whether" and "if" below.
whether(
wehth
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uhr
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (expressing doubt or choice)
a. si
I don't know whether I am going to do it today or tomorrow. No sé si lo voy a hacer hoy o mañana.
2. (expressing inquiry)
a. si
I'll try to find out whether she's at the office.Voy a tratar de averiguar si está en la oficina.
3. (indicating something applies whichever be the case; often used with "or")
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Alicia has made up her mind - she'll resign, whether or not she gets this other job.Alicia se decidió: va a renunciar, consiga o no el otro trabajo.
Whether you like it or not, I will buy this shirt.Te guste o no, me voy a comprar esta camisa.
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if(
ihf
)
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (conditional)
a. si
If I were a rich woman, I would travel the world.Si yo fuera rica, viajaría por el mundo.
2. (whether)
a. si
I do not know if they will like my cooking.No sé si les gustará mi comida.
3. (adversative)
a. aunque
It is a wonderful car, if rather expensive.Es un carro fabuloso, aunque bastante caro.
b. si bien
She's a good girl, if a little naive.Es una buna chica, si bien un poco inocente.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (assumption)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
If he enters the race—and that's a big if—he could receive many votes.Si entra a la carrera—y está por verse—podría recibir muchos votos.
The success of this project depends on a lot of ifs.El éxito de este proyecto depende de muchas suposiciones.
ifs
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (conditions)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Do your homework now, or you can't go to the movies. No ifs or buts!Haz la tarea ahora, o no puedes ir al cine. ¡Nada de peros!
Don't worry about the ifs, just enjoy the moment.Olvídate de las dudas y disfruta el momento.
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