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    I've learned about wh-ever, and they said, "whosever is whoever's possessive case and whomever is the objective case of whoever." Then, can I say ,"whosever book it is,
    I will borrow it" or "whosever it was, it is mine now"? could you give me some examples with whosever and whomever?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Choi View Post
    I've learned about wh-ever, and they said, "whosever is whoever's possessive case and
    Who said that? Ask them why they used "whoever's" two words later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Who said that? Ask them why they used "whoever's" two words later.
    Using "whosever" instead of "whoever's" would make no sense in this case. What they meant is

    Whosever is the possessive case of the word whoever.

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    Whosever is (the word whoever)'s possessive case.

    The word "whoever" is not equal to whomever. Or something like this. Anyway, their usage isn't inconsistent.
    Last edited by birdeen's call; 07-Dec-2011 at 01:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Choi View Post
    IThen, can I say ,"whosever book it is,
    I will borrow it" or "whosever it was, it is mine now"? could you give me some examples with whosever and whomever?
    Your sentences are correct.

    Note that "whosever" is a very rare word. "Whomever" is more frequent but also rare. For examples, have a look here: CORPORA: 45-425 million words each: free online access

    Note also that there is a word similar to "whosever", namely "whosoever". They don't mean the same thing.

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    well,, To use wh-ever, I'd better study harder. Do you know any books about wh- ever for this grammar tips ,or websites?

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