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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.Originally Posted by tdol
8)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"