Ronbee, thank you for giving me so many examples, I totally understand now, and thank you Lib and Tdol.
You're quite welcome. (That phrase ("no matter who") is not one I use everyday, so I had to look it up.)
'No matter who' is common enough in BE. ;-)
It's common enough in AE too. A Google search for that phrase yielded 235,000 hits.Quote:
Originally Posted by tdol
Originally Posted by Jenny Lau
Re your first question,
1. Meaning of both can be the same, or slightly different, depending on spoken emphasis.
2. Sentence 1 is: It's + adverb (there) + adverb (where you put it).
3. Sentence 2 is: It's + adverb (where you put it).
4. Students are usually taught that "an adverb modifies a VERB". The adverb does more than this: It tells more about a VERB, or an ADJECTIVE, or another ADVERB (e.g. the adverb phrase "where you put it" tells more about "there", as in Sentence 1).
[/quote]Could it be that 'anyone who' and 'whoever' mean: the person / people who?
1. "Anyone who asks me....": "Who" is used as a relative pronoun that refers to and DEFINES/RESTRICTS the meaning of "anyone".
2. "Whoever asks me....". "Whoever" is an indefinite pronoun used in the nominative case.
3. Difference is: "Anyone" begs for a defining clause to follow it (you don't say "Anyone asks me...."); "Whoever" is indefinite but gets defined by what follows within the same clause.
4. When "anyone" is defined by the relative pronoun "who" introducing a restrictive clause, it means exactly the same thing as "Whoever" being defined by "asks me" within the clause comprising them.
(a) Anyone + (clause headed by "who").
(b) "Whoever" heads the clause "Whoever asks me...".
To make the above clearer, "Anyone who" = "Whoever"