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"Whether" is a conjunction which is often translated as "si", and "should" is an auxiliary verb which is often translated as "deber". Learn more about the difference between "whether" and "should" 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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should(
shood
)
An auxiliary verb, or helper verb, is a conjugated verb that comes before a main verb and determines the main verb's tense, mood, or aspect (e.g. I have gone.).
1. (used to indicate obligation)
a. deber
I should go to bed early tonight to be ready to travel tomorrow morning.Debería acostarme temprano esta noche para estar listo para el viaje mañana.
b. tener que
I should have given my parents a call over the weekend.Tenía que haber llamado a mis padres el fin de semana.
2. (used to indicate probability)
a. deber
Where is Simon? He should have finished his homework by now.¿Dónde está Simón? Ya debería haber terminado sus deberes.
3. (in conditional clauses)
a. si
Should any question arise, don't hesitate to contact me.Si surgiera alguna pregunta, no dudes en ponerte en contacto conmigo.
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