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Sentence Correction 42

    The question is not whether the stock market bubble will burst, but when.

    1. not whether the stock market bubble will burst or not, but when?
    2. not whether or not the stock market bubble will burst, but when?
    3. not whether the stock market bubble will burst, but when?
    4. No correction required

 

  • Correct Answer
    Choice (D)

Detailed Solution

There are no errors in the given sentence.

The syntax of the sentence is declarative. It does not pose a direct question. So, it is not appropriate to use a question mark at the end of this sentence.

In the phrase, 'whether or not', 'or not' is often optional. Only when the expression 'whether or not' is used in the sense of 'regardless of whether', the use of 'or not' is compulsory. In the given sentence, 'or not' is optional — the sentence still makes sense without it.

Correct Answer: D



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