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    Question Whatsoever vs. at all

    It seems to me that whatsoever/whatever and at all may be used with the same meaning - is that true?

    Another thing is, from the dictionaries it's quite clear the former is to be used with negative statements, but I found something like that:
    "The more seriously the scientific approach is taken, the more caution is needed in making any statement whatsoever, even one which may appear at first to be self-evident". No matter how much I want to find the negativity in the corresponding clause, I simply don't see it. So, can the whatsoever be used also with non-negative statements?

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    Default Re: Whatsoever vs. at all

    Whatsoever you think, I like you.

    It has a connotation of disagreement rather than negativity.

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    Default Re: Whatsoever vs. at all

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    It seems to me that whatsoever/whatever and at all may be used with the same meaning - is that true?

    Another thing is, from the dictionaries it's quite clear the former is to be used with negative statements, but I found something like that:
    "The more seriously the scientific approach is taken, the more caution is needed in making any statement whatsoever, even one which may appear at first to be self-evident". No matter how much I want to find the negativity in the corresponding clause, I simply don't see it. So, can the whatsoever be used also with non-negative statements?

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    My feeling is that "whatsoever" can also mean "of any type or kind"
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    Default Re: Whatsoever vs. at all

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    It seems to me that whatsoever/whatever and at all may be used with the same meaning - is that true?
    And what about the above question? CALD gives:
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    whatsoever (ALSO whatever)
    used after a negative phrase to add emphasis to the idea that is being expressed:
    He has no respect for authority whatsoever.
    --

    Couldn't at all be used here?

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    Default Re: Whatsoever vs. at all

    You can, but it has less impact.

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