clause or phrase?
I have studied English Grammar for these months. And I got a question about the below sentence.
::: SENTENCE :::
First Choice Bank announced yesterday that its board of directors would meet next Monday to discuss whether to proceed with the merger.
Is the part of this sentence “whether to proceed with the merger” clause or phrase?
This is my question.
I think it’s clause, because the words “they are” are hidden between ‘whether’ and ‘to’. I mean, this part is actually clause like below.
“whether (they are) to proceed with the merger.”
If my opinion is incorrect, please tell me the why. Thank you!