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Note 151 – Comparing weather, whether and wether

Today I am comparing three very different words which are all pronounced the same – weather, whether and wether.  Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus defines the words as follows:

WEATHER is a noun meaning “day to day meterorological conditions”

WHETHER is a conjunction “used to introduce an indirect question or a clause after a verb expressing or implying doubt or choice”

WETHER is a noun meaning “a male sheep, esp. a castrated one”

Here are some examples in sentences:

  • It was lovely weather at the weekend.
  • It’s difficult to say whether she has gone to lunch or whether she is in a meeting.
  • I don’t know whether to go to the party or not.
  • The farmer had three rams, two wethers and one ewe.

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 The Collins English Dictionary & Thesaurus – published by HarperCollins Publishers, UK


About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer


3 thoughts on “Note 151 – Comparing weather, whether and wether

  1. too many people i know get these words all mixed up!

    Posted by dalliancewithmypen | September 28, 2011, 11:14 pm
  2. Wether… Ha!

    I didn’t know that one. I wonder how many times my spell check has missed that when I meant to type Whether?

    Posted by Jennifer M Eaton | September 29, 2011, 1:15 am

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