I have seen several instances of weather being used for whether recently, so it’s worth setting these down just in case.
Weather as a noun is the state of the atmosphere at a certain time and place – sunny, windy, snowing, hot, cold, etc. To weather (the verb) is to change in appearance or form through long exposure to the weather (more commonly: to be weathered).
Under the weather means unwell or depressed – you’re metaphorically under a cloud of unwellness, I suppose!
Whether is a conjunction expressing …
- a choice between two alternatives – “I can’t decide whether to go to the cinema or the park”
- a doubt, either expressing a question or investigation – “I don’t know whether keeping this hat I’ve found is the right thing to do” / “He will check whether she lost a hat”
- an indication that a statement is true, whichever of the alternatives mentioned is the case “I will go to the cinema whether they’re showing a western or a thriller”
Of course, the two can always be found together: “I’ll go out, whether the weather is sunny or wet”, but hopefully you know the difference now!
Edited to add – my friend, Ian Braisby, just reminded me that a wether is a castrated sheep! So now you know …
You can find more troublesome pairs here and the index to them all so far is here.
September 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm
Whether the weather is hot,
Or whether the weather it not,
I’ll weather the weather,
Whatever the weather,
Whether I like it or not.
Liz at Libro
September 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm
Well, thank you!
December 20, 2015 at 3:30 pm
She worried about whether her wether would weather the weather or whether the wether would die.