English On The Go: Weather, whether or wether
Whether or not you’re talking about the weather outside or the wether on the farm, we explain which spelling you should use to make sure you’re understood properly.
1. Watch the video
- Watch the video without captions to test your listening.
- Then watch it with the captions on to check your understanding.
You can switch on and off the captions in the video for this activity.
After the video, complete the following activity.
Fill in the blanks with weather, whether or wether.
- Is there a __________________ in your area?
- “Expect to see colder ______________________ roll back in for several days,” the meteorologist said.
- We have to work out _______________________ the iron from the rocks is from Earth or outer space.
- She didn’t know _________________________ she could believe him.
- I don’t know if it’s the ________________________ or the workload that’s making me feel a bit sick.
Today’s English On The Go lesson is on weather, whether and wether.
Weather can be a noun. Here, it refers to the conditions in the atmosphere.
I absolutely love the weather in summer.
The weather isn’t very good today. It’s going to rain all day.
If something’s weathered, it can also mean that its state has changed due to the sun, wind and other weather conditions.
The weathered ship needed a makeover.
To weather something can mean to deal well with a difficult situation.
We put measures in place to ensure we could weather the crisis.
Whether is a conjunction. It can be used when talking about two alternatives.
I’m not sure whether to wear the pink or blue sneakers.
Wether is rarely used in English. A wether is a male sheep which has had its sex organs removed.
A commonly used word in the world of business and politics which has wether in it is bellwether. But it has nothing to do with sheep.
A bellwether is believed to give an indication of the future performance of financial markets or political parties.
Analysts are closely watching how bellwether stocks are doing today.
The southern New South Wales seat was a trusty bellwether for 40 years.
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Answers to activity:
- Is there a wether in your area?
- “Expect to see colder weather roll back in for several days,” the meteorologist said.
- We have to work out whether the iron from the rocks is from Earth or outer space.
- She didn’t know whether she could believe him.
- I don’t know if it’s the weather or the workload that’s making me feel a bit sick.