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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!


I had a disagreement with my teacher today about the subject and wanted to ask you about it. We had some sentences and we had to correct the ones that were wrong. So in this one

"What will happen now, only her knows the answer."

I wrote that the correct answer was "only SHE knows the answer" and my teacher told me I was wrong, because with "only" you always have to put her, him or me. I'm not a native speaker, but I don't think "only her knows the answer" sounds right. We had a little argument so I wanted to ask you which one of the answers is correct. The whole thing made me a litte mad because she often corrects me with some incorrect words. For example, I once wrote "passionnate" and "hiding" and the corrected me: "passionnated" and "hidding"... -.-'
thank you so much in advance :)


I have to disagree with your teacher. "Only" doesn't turn a subjective pronoun (which is the subject of the clause) into an objective pronoun. "She" must be the subject of the sentence.

By the way, "only" is an interesting modifier: depending on where you put it, you can change the whole meaning of a sentence. Compare:

Only he said he loved me.
He only said he loved me.
He said he loved me only.

Quite a difference!

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