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I am not sure how the construction "whether + [infinitive verb]" is used. Examples:

  • I don't know whether to turn left or right. (= I don't know if I turn left or right ?)
  • I don't know whether to turn left will take us to the hotel. (= I don't know if turning left will take us to the hotel )

Are these two sentences gramatically correct? Do they have the meaning inside the parentheses?

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    Your second example is a problem. To be consistent with your first example, it should be: "I don't know whether to turn left to take us to the hotel". (You could also say "I don't know whether turning left will take us to the hotel.)
    – BillJ
    Sep 19, 2019 at 16:59

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Original A: I don't know whether to turn left or right. (= I don't know if I turn left or right ?)

The first version is fine. There needs to be a "should" in the parenthesis version.

I don't know if I should turn left or right.

Yes, they mean the same thing. Note that there are only two options here, you either go left or right (in B you have three options).

Original B: I don't know whether to turn left will take us to the hotel. (= I don't know if turning left will take us to the hotel )

Note that if you just write left (instead or "left OR right") then you are saying "... should I turn left, right, or keep going straight... (unless there is no straight path and the road splits in opposite directions).

The following is how I would say it (BillJ in his comment says the same thing).

I don't know whether to turn left to get to the hotel. OR, I don't know whether turning left will get us to the hotel.

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  • Adding a "should" to the 1st sentence makes sense indeed. My sentence was a bad literal translation from my native tongue (Portuguese). Regarding the 2nd sentence, I didn't know that only infinitives were allowed after using whether + infinitive verb. Thanks! Sep 19, 2019 at 19:46

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