Weather and whether are another example of homophones. They sound the same but are spelled differently and mean different things. Knowing when to use each of these words can be difficult at times. But if you learn each word's meaning and can remember their spelling, you should not have any problems!
As a noun, weather refers to the conditions outdoors. Is it wet? Is it cold? Is it hot? This is the weather. It includes heat, dryness, sun, wind and rain.
When weather is used as a verb, it can mean to change the appearance or structure of something that is exposed to the outdoors for a period of time. When things are left outside for a long period of time, wind and rain and sun can destroy or change them. This is weathering.
Weather as a verb can also mean to successfully come through a difficult situation (like a storm) without being damaged too much. It refers to facing some difficulty and passing through it.
Collocations are phrases in English that are used quite commonly in dialogue and speech. Learning collocations will allow you to speak more naturally and help you in understanding others.
Unlike weather, whether is not a noun or a verb. Instead, whether is a conjunction. In grammar, conjunctions are words that are used to connect two sentences or words within the same sentence. Words like and, if, or, and but are examples of conjunctions.
Weather is used to show two alternatives. If you are trying to express two options to someone, you can use whether to do so. Often whether is used in situations where doubt is being expressed. If you are uncertain about two things, you are uncertain whether one is better than the other.
Weather is also used to show that something is true in two cases. It doesn't matter what the cases are, it is still true.
Though weather and whether sound the same and are spelled similarly, their uses are very different. The word weather is always used to refer to conditions outside. So try to always associate the word and its spelling to things like rain, sun and temperature. If you remember that association, you should always know when to properly use weather and whether.
Johnny wants to play outside but the weather forecast says it is supposed to rain. Johnny doesn't know whether to go outside with his friends or to stay inside and play video games.
Johnny loves to play outside when the weather is sunny and warm. Even when the weather is cool, he doesn't mind playing outside. He runs around with his friends and they stay warm, whether it's cold outside or not.
In the winter weather, Johnny and his friends weather the cold and play in the snow. They build snowmen and have snowball fights. Some of Johnny's friends don't like having snowball fights because sometimes Johnny throws balls too hard. But Johnny throws them anyway, whether they like it or not!
Johnny wants to go outside today and play in the woods with his friends. When the weather is nice, they don't know whether to play cops and robbers or hide and seek. Those are their favorite games. But when the weather is rainy, they stay inside. Often, they don't know whether to play Super Mario or Mario Kart! Those are their favorite video games.
Today Johnny doesn't feel like playing video games. He wants to go outside, whether the weather is wet or dry. Johnny decides he will go outside and weather whatever weather comes today. He will play whether his friends join him or not!
Answer the following 10 questions and then check your answers. Each question is worth 10 points.
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