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Does "rather or not" mean the same thing as "whether or not?"

I am being driven to distraction by someone who writes "rather or not" when I think it should be "whether or not."

Maybe I am wrong.

Thanks in advance if you can help me before I make a fool of myself.


THANK YOU! I have been trying to find the explanation for why the pronoun remains in the subjective form after "to be." Because "to be" is not a transitive verb! Thanks!

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