Weather or Whether

Get a memory trick to remember the spelling of "weather" and "whether."

Mignon Fogarty,
February 3, 2011

Weather or Whether

  by Mignon Fogarty

People often have trouble remembering which word is spelled "weather" and which word is spelled "whether." Here's my memory trick:

Weather (such as a storm) affects the sea, and "sea" is spelled with an "ea" just like "weather."

  • Weather affects the sea.

The other spelling ("whether") is a conjunction that introduces choices: I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Just remember the "sea" trick for "weather," and then you know that "whether," the conjunction, is the other spelling.


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