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    whatever or what

    Hello. I have a question.
    - It is generally considered unwise to give a child _______ he or she wants.

    A.that
    B.what
    C .whatever (key)

    Would you mind explaining why "B.what" is incorrect, please?

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    #2

    Re: whatever or what

    B. 'what' is also correct.

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    Re: whatever or what

    I would not use "what". It is grammatical but it is not logical. If your child wants food/water, is it wise to deny him/her that? "Whatever" suggests "anything" he/she wants, and that would be unwise.

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    Re: whatever or what

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would not use "what". It is grammatical but it is not logical. If your child wants food/water, is it wise to deny him/her that? "Whatever" suggests "anything" he/she wants, and that would be unwise.
    I agree. Also, my answer is basically the same as this, I wonder why it was deleted.
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    #5

    Re: whatever or what

    I don't know what you wrote.

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    #6

    Re: whatever or what

    Thank you all.
    According to OALD
    what (pronoun, determiner)

    2 the thing or things that; whatever
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...sh/what?q=what


    and Grammaring

    whatever anything that
    whoever anyone who
    whichever any ... which
    wherever at any place
    whenever at any time

    You can do whatever you want to.
    Whoever leaves last should turn off the lights.
    Choose whichever pencil you like.
    Wherever I looked there was something interesting to see.
    Whenever I go abroad, I take as many pictures as possible.

    It is possible to use what instead of whatever in the first sentence above, but it is not possible to use who instead of whoever in the second sentence:
    You can do what you want to.

    http://www.grammaring.com/whatever-w...rever-whenever
    I feel confused.




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    #7

    Re: whatever or what

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    You can do whatever you want to.
    You can do what you want to.
    http://www.grammaring.com/whatever-w...rever-whenever
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    I'm not sure, but I feel that, "You can do what/whatever you want," sounds more natural. Am I wrong?
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