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I believe the exact opposite to be the case. "Impact" is surely only acceptable as a noun. Until recently, I never heard anyone use it as a verb, and every time I do, I wince. It sounds like some horrible modern corporate jargon to say "The cat's death impacted on my life..."

David December 6, 2006, 12:55am

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The two phrases are not different. The simple answer is that "whether or not" is technically incorrect. It has become so commonly used that it is now standard, but "whether" means "if or not". The phrase "whether or not" means "if or not or not". It is tautology.

"I don't know whether it's raining" is correct

("If" should really only be used to present a condition. "I don't know if it's raining" is technically incorrect, because no condition is present.)

"Whether or not it's raining, I will have a picnic" should be "Regardless of whether it's raining..."

David December 6, 2006, 12:51am

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