Can I use these grammar structures in conversations? I'm a Buddhist priest, so sometimes I talk with the temple members in a formal(ish) way. Considering this, is it ok for me to use these grammar structures? Or do I sound weird or too literary if I use these grammar structures in daily conversations? 1) "Whether or not TO do something" instead of "whether or not I do something" 2) Doing A would be a tough thing to do, AS WOULD doing B. (no subject between "as" and "would") I came up with these questions when I was reading the definition of the word "crucible" on (
Nov 30, 2017 9:53 PM
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I think it is perfectly OK to use both of these.
November 30, 2017
2 is normal. For 1, these are the natural options that come to mind e.g. I don't know whether to go out or not. e.g. I don't know whether I should go out or not. "whether or not + infinitive / subject phrase" is OK but more formal. I tested them on my wife and she independently came up with the same structures as me.
November 30, 2017
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