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    Default Whatever money....

    Hello dear teachers!

    Whatever money his father gave, he finished it within a week.

    I think in the sentence above there are two mistakes:

    1. whatever should be replaced with howevermuch

    2. In the sentnece above ''give'' is a transitive verb and cannot be used without an object.

    Am I right?

    Thanks very much indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hello dear teachers!

    Whatever money his father gave, he finished it within a week.

    I think in the sentence above there are two mistakes:

    1. whatever should be replaced with howevermuch

    2. In the sentnece above ''give'' is a transitive verb and cannot be used without an object.

    Am I right?

    Thanks very much indeed.
    Whatever is correct for whatever is equal to however much.

    However much and not howevermuch.

    I also think must be gave to him there and not gave only, in academic English, but in informal, well, there's no need for.

    Let us wait for a teacher.

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    Default Re: Whatever money....

    Really? Whatever and However much can be used interchangeably?
    Could somebody confirm that?
    Thanks a million.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Really? Whatever and However much can be used interchangeably?
    Could somebody confirm that?
    Thanks a million.
    Whatever is correct here for whatever here (is equal to) means the same as the however much.

    In addition the word whatever is used with a lot of different meanings (I think that that puzlles you) such as

    Whatever made you ask the confirmation!? (To emphasise my surprise)
    Believe me whatever you think about this matter this time. (It is not important what you think about this)
    Actually, do whatever you want to.
    But agree with me. will you? Whatever! (Whatever here means, No way I agree with you! Whatsoever!)
    etc.

    This is how I got it from my dictionary. I might haven't understood. Anyway your question forced me to recall the usage of the word whatever. Thank you!

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    Default Re: Whatever money....

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hello dear teachers!

    Whatever money his father gave, he finished it within a week.

    I think in the sentence above there are two mistakes:

    1. whatever should be replaced with howevermuch
    "Whatever" or "However much" are acceptable here.


    2. In the sentnece above ''give'' is a transitive verb and cannot be used without an object.

    Am I right?
    Yes, but it has an object, "money". "His father gave money".
    It would sound much better if it also had an indirect object, "Whatever money his father gave [to] him, ...." But, as a rule, a transitive verb doesn't require an indirect object.
    "spent" would be better than "finished".
    Thanks very much indeed.
    R.

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