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Excuse me, does anyone know if the following two sentences are equal?

  1. No matter whether it is a good book, I will not read it.
  2. Whether it is a good book, I will not read it.

can we switch between "no matter whether" and "whether"?

thanks

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closed as off-topic by SF., Craig Sefton, Lauren Ipsum, what, Standback Jul 20 at 12:39

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I believe this question belongs to English Language Learners –  SF. Jul 18 at 8:35
    
This should not go to English Language and Usage without much improvement. –  KitFox Jul 18 at 18:40
    
Also, English Language Learners is not the same thing as English Language and Usage. I believe that would require some revision to demonstrate research effort as well. –  KitFox Jul 18 at 18:58
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about grammar and correct usage of basic words, not about writing. –  Standback Jul 20 at 12:39

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Like this:

  1. No matter whether it is a good book, I will not read it.

  2. Whether it is a good book or not, I will not read it.

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The second is probably grammatically correct, but it doesn't feel right to me somehow. I'm not sure why. I want an "or not" in there somewhere.

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I think that the "or not" is technically needed in both sentences, but is more successfully implied in the first than in the second. –  Anna M Jul 18 at 13:45

The second sentence does not feel to be grammatically correct. The second sentence should be "Whether it is a good book or not, I will not read it".

It can be even made simple by writing "Even if it is a good book, I will not read it."

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