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