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I read this in an online article today:

"Whether or not people realize it...."

Is that correct, or should it be "whether people realize it, or not..."

~aj
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I read this in an online article today:

"Whether or not people realize it...."

Is that correct, or should it be "whether people realize it, or not..."


I like yours better.
On a related note, I was taught to not use "not" when the clause comes at the end, and "whether" substitutes for "if". For example,
"She asked whether Jack was available."
Never "She asked whether Jack was available or not."
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I don't include "or not" if it's clearly redundant, ie, the meaning is perfectly clear whether or not I tack "or not" on. But if the sentence feels unfinished--as this previous one would have had I omitted "or not" -- then it belongs.


sheila
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