"How much one enjoys himself travelling depends largely on who he goes with, whether his friends or relatives."

Can someone paraphrase this sentence? I am confused about "whether his friends or relatives".


This is my best interpretation:

"The amount of enjoyment one derives from travel depends, for the most part, on one's travel companions, regardless of whether these are one's friends or relatives."

However, I would never use "whether" in this way. It's confusing because it's not clear whether it's meant to restrict the company to friends and family as a condition for enjoyment, or whether it admits their presence as a last resort, and means "despite" them.

  • Interesting interpretation — I hadn't considered that ambiguity! – 200_success Aug 22 '14 at 11:29

See this conversation. I have tried to simplify the sentence in concern.

How much do you enjoy traveling? ~ It depends.

What do you mean?

I mean it depends. If I'm with my friends, I enjoy it more. If I'm with my relatives, I don't enjoy myself that much!

Whether his friends or relatives introduces two options he goes with. And, depending largely on that, he would enjoy himself more or less while travelling.

  • -1 because either of those errors would have been sufficient for me to refrain from actually upvoting. Having both in one answer is just OTT. – FumbleFingers Aug 21 '14 at 12:28
  • The errors seem to be fixed now, though, thanks to StoneyB. – user230 Aug 21 '14 at 19:20

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