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Definition, Synonyms, and Antonyms of “Whether,” “Wether,” and “Weather”

Whether, weather, and wether are homophones! These words, however, have different meanings.

Kimberly Ann Potts
Kimberly Ann Potts
“Whether the weather is good for the wether lamb or not, the farmer has to take precautions.” 

If you pronounce them right, you must have realized that whether, weather, and wether are homophones! These words, however, have different meanings.

“Whether” is a conjunction used to express a choice between alternatives or indicate an inquiry. Its synonyms include: if, so long as, either, in-case, and even if. Its antonyms include: regardless, no matter, without considering, all the same.

“Weather” means the atmospheric condition of a place. As a verb, it means to change the texture or wear away as a result of prolonged exposure to the atmosphere. Its synonyms include atmospheric condition, elements, eroded, worn, and crumbling. Its antonyms include straight-line, fall, deceleration.

“Wether” is a noun. It means a castrated ram/goat. There are no synonyms or antonyms for wether.

How to Correctly Use “Whether,” “Wether,” and “Weather” in Sentences

1. “Whether” is best used about a choice or an alternative and can be followed with the word “or,” and the phrase “or not” in a sentence.

For example:

I’m not sure whether my sister would accompany me to the wedding.
Whether or not you take the job, you would still have to move to London!
It was difficult to tell whether she was telling those lies to protect her reputation or her husband’s.

2. “Wether” is a noun that can play the role of a subject, direct and indirect object or complement. Due to its meaning, it is not often used in sentences.

For example:

The teacher asked if we had seen wether lambs before.
The wether lamb was only twelve months old.
Wether goats are sold at a cheaper price outside town.

3. “Weather” as a noun is appropriately used when the atmosphere’s or climate’s condition in a specific time or place is discussed. The correct way to use this word as a verb is combined with the word “storm” to create a phrasal verb.

For example:

The weather was great last summer!
My grandmother’s village has the best weather! It’s neither too hot nor too cold.
They weathered the storms of life with great joy.
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