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    #1

    whichever and whoever

    Dear teachers,

    I have one question to ask:

    The prize will be given to whichever of them writes the best composition.

    My question is : Can I use whoever instead of whichever?

    I am looing forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    #2

    Re: whichever and whoever

    Yes, you can. I would reserve 'whichever' for a limited number of contestants.

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    #3

    Re: whichever and whoever

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    Dear Micawber,
    Thank you very much for your explanation. The problem is that this is a multiple choice sentence and "whichever" and "whoever" are among the four choices. That's why I got confused. For a single sentence without any context I can't decide how many contestants enter for the contest.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    Yes, you can. I would reserve 'whichever' for a limited number of contestants.

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    Re: whichever and whoever

    I think you should go with whichever because of the 'of them' part. I don't think I ever heard or read 'whoever of them'...

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    Re: whichever and whoever


    Dear HCaulfield,

    Thank you very much for your reply. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by HCaulfield
    I think you should go with whichever because of the 'of them' part. I don't think I ever heard or read 'whoever of them'...

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