Please tell me the correct answer..It seems confusing. Aren't they both right?

The United States must............... abolish the death penalty............face being country which violates basic human rights..

which answer is suitable 

a- whether.....or

b- either......or

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  • 1 month ago

    Grammatically, the answer is B.

    Intelligent argument-wise, the premise of the statement is ridiculous. The person(s) who are put to death in the US (statistically very, very, very few) have ceded their basic human rights, through due process of law, by violating the essential human right to life of others.

    The key component of my statement is 'due process of law'.  Criminal killers are not put to death in the US on a whim.

    That said, innocent people have been executed in the US for crimes they did not commit. That is not a function of whim, that is an illustration of the flawed condition of human beings - human beings, being imperfect, can get things wrong. Police investigators, prosecutors and juries sometime get it wrong, and various aspects of human nature, professional ambition, racial prejudice, pride and the refusal to admit being wrong, are what often stand in the way of wrongs being corrected - police and prosecutors refusing to see their mistakes, rejecting and sometimes hiding/destroying helpful evidence to the accused, juries with their own prejudices can be manipulated, judges refusing to look at new evidence on appeal....

    The vast majority of those who receive a death sentence are guilty of the crimes they were convicted for, but there are and probably will still be wrongfully-convicted people put to death. And this is MY objection to the death penalty.  If humans were perfect and could get it right 100% of the time, I would have NO moral objection to it.

  • 1 month ago

    They are both WRONG.

    The grammatically accurate answer is b.

  • 1 month ago

    American Boy: The US does execute minors, since people under 21 can be executed, although it's rare. Many people want to see pedophiles murdered, and if that became law the US would be up there with the countries you mentioned that kill people for their sexual orientation.

    OP is correct that state sponsored murder is uncivilized and no country in Europe, the most civilized part of Earth, does it. 

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The answer would be B, but the sentiment of the sentence is in error.

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  • 1 month ago

    bunk.  the death penalty is appropriate for someone who knowingly inflicts death or severe trauma on others -- they've proven by their actions that they don't deserve to be among us.

  • 1 month ago

    LOL - presenting us with a double headed coin. Murderers are a cancer in the body of society and so they must be cut out aned destroyed. Too many killers manage to kill again, but the death penalty solves that problem.  Murderers, by their actions, have given up their "rights."

  • Ralph
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    The answer is "b", but it would have to read as "either abolish the death penalty or face being a country". Either or the statement is false. The death penalty is there for people who have violated basic human rights.

  • .
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Wow. The answer the teacher wants is (b) “either/or” but...seriously...wow. That is a perfect example of indoctrination in our public school system. You should really do an essay on why. Wow.

  • 1 month ago

    The correct answer is b: either/or.

    To use the 'whether/or' option, you would need to change the sentence to say, "The United States must choose whether to abolish the death penalty or face being country which violates basic human rights." There are other words you could use instead of 'choose', for example 'decide' or 'vote'.

  • 1 month ago

    The U.S. rarely uses the death penalty and has a long process of appeals in which the defendant's responsibility can be proven to be wrong or not. I am more worried (actually) about the death penalty in countries like Iran or Somalia where they execute people based on their gender or sexual orientation and execute minors. Not in the U.S. 

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