General Writing and Grammar Help/If & whether

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Dear Ted:

Should I use "if" or "whether" in the sentence below?

I haven't decided if/whether TO GO to Spain or Portugal next summer.

Thank you very much for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Should I use "if" or "whether" in the sentence below?

I haven't decided if/whether TO GO to Spain or Portugal next summer.

*** From "Hodges' Harbrace Handbook" --

IF, WHETHER -- Use IF to mean "in the event that"; WHETHER suggests alternatives:
I can't go IF you drive; WHETHER I go depends on who is driving.

*** You should use "whether" in your sentence, because you have two alternatives, Spain
and Portugal.

Ted

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