whether (something is true)

"Whether" is similar to "if":

I don't know if this is the right one.

I don't know whether this is the right one.

In the example at top, "whether" fits better than "if" because of the sound of the sentence. It would sound a little strange to use "is" and "if" — two short words that begin with "i" — right after each other.

"Whether" is different from "if" because you don't use it in sentences like these:

If you're hungry, just order something from room service.

You're responsible for replacing them if they break.

This phrase appears in these lessons: