This is the original wording in a book I'm reading:

Here are my variations, and I would like to know which of these - including the original - you think is best, and which are incorrect?

1 a. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, sand or not.

2 b. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, be it on sand or no sand.

2 c. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, be it on sand or not.

2 d. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, be it sand or no sand.

2 e. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, be it sand or not.

3 a. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether it be sand or no sand.

3 b. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether it be sand or not.

3 c. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether it be on sand or no sand.

4 c. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether it be on sand or not.

4 a. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether sand or no sand.

4 b. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether sand or not.4

4 c. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether on sand or no sand.

4 d. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether on sand or not.

**Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, sand or no sand.**Here are my variations, and I would like to know which of these - including the original - you think is best, and which are incorrect?

1 a. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, sand or not.

2 b. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, be it on sand or no sand.

2 c. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, be it on sand or not.

2 d. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, be it sand or no sand.

2 e. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, be it sand or not.

3 a. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether it be sand or no sand.

3 b. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether it be sand or not.

3 c. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether it be on sand or no sand.

4 c. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether it be on sand or not.

4 a. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether sand or no sand.

4 b. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether sand or not.4

4 c. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether on sand or no sand.

4 d. Now I felt that I had plenty [of water] to cover the remaining distance, whether on sand or not.

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Comments

I consider only 3c, 3d (incorrectly numbered 4c), 4c and 4d to be correct.

Rover

Rover_KESo I thought variations that that spelled out the exact intended meaning may be preferred by some.

May I ask why you reject the other variations of mine?

Thanks

English 1b3Others may disagree. Let's wait and see.

Rover_KEEnglish 1b3...aren't there times where spelling out the exact meaning is needed at the expense of sounding natural?-- I can't see that at all.Mister MicawberEnglish 1b3Mister Micawbersand or no sand.OK, so what is the above short for then because it certainly has to be reduced?

What about this below? It's clear enough...

Having arrived late for practice, a written excuse was needed.

English 1b3