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    President Obama's inaugural speech has this line:

    With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.

    My question is whether I can replace 'what storms may come ' with 'whatever storms that may come' and express the same meaning.


    'Endure what storms may come' sounds weird to me. What do you think of it? Thank you.

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    Default Re: A question about Obama's speech

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    President Obama's inaugural speech has this line:

    With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.

    My question is whether I can replace 'what storms may come ' with 'whatever storms that may come' and express the same meaning.


    'Endure what storms may come' sounds weird to me. What do you think of it? Thank you.
    '...endure what storms may come.' is fine. '...whatever storms that may come' is unnecessarily wordy.

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    Default Re: A question about Obama's speech

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    '...endure what storms may come.' is fine. '...whatever storms that may come' is unnecessarily wordy.
    Thank you. How about just replace 'what' with 'whatever'?

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    Default Re: A question about Obama's speech

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Thank you. How about just replace 'what' with 'whatever'?
    Yes you could, it wouldn't change the meaning at all, or improve the sentence.

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