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    comma

    1. ''He tells the same story whoever he meets.''
    2. ''Whoever he meets, he tells the same story.''

    I try to give the same meaning to both sentences above and I put a comma into the second sentence, is it correct?
    I have no English teacher, I try to improve my language on my own. Thanks for your help.

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    Re: comma

    I would use a comma in the first sentence also.

    Technically, "whoever" should be "whomever" in both cases. However, many people would use "whoever".

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    Re: comma

    I think if I'm going for "he tells the same story whomever he meets" I need to put "to" at the end.
    Am I right?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: comma

    Not at the end. The word "to" is implied between "story" and "whomever".

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    Re: comma

    I'd use the "to." (to who(m)ever he meets).

    Unless the meaning is "Regardlesss of who(m) he meets, he tells the same story."

    Is the point that he is consistent with his report to everyone, or that he tells the same darn story over and over again?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'd use the "to." (to who(m)ever he meets).

    Unless the meaning is "Regardlesss of who(m) he meets, he tells the same story."

    Is the point that he is consistent with his report to everyone, or that he tells the same darn story over and over again?
    The point is that he is consistent with his report to everyone.
    I have no English teacher, I try to improve my language on my own. Thanks for your help.

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    #7

    Re: comma

    That was my understanding.

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