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    come what may - no matter what

    Can I say these in English?
    1. Come hell or high water, we have to get this done today.
    2. No matter what, we have to get this done today.
    3. Come what may, we have to get this done today.
    4. No matter what happens, we have to get this done today.
    5. No matter what will happen, we have to get this done today.

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    Re: come what may - no matter what

    Yes, you can.

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    Re: come what may - no matter what

    What if I would change the word order? Would these sentences also be correct?

    1. We have to get this done today, come hell or high water.
    2. We have to get this done today, no matter what.
    3. We have to get this done today, come what may.
    4. We have to get this done today, no matter what happens.
    5. We have to get this done today, no matter what will happen.

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    Re: come what may - no matter what

    Quote Originally Posted by altiwife View Post
    What if I would changed the word order? Would these sentences also be correct?

    1. We have to get this done today, come hell or high water.
    2. We have to get this done today, no matter what.
    3. We have to get this done today, come what may.
    4. We have to get this done today, no matter what happens.
    5. We have to get this done today, no matter what will happen.
    Yes, they're okay.

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    Re: come what may - no matter what

    I wouldn't use #5 in either of the groups. I don't like 'No matter what will happen...'

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    Re: come what may - no matter what

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...glish/whatever
    Having read the above, I think 'Whatever happens ...' is also okay.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: come what may - no matter what

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I wouldn't use #5 in either of the groups. I don't like 'No matter what will happen...'
    Yes, I must say that I also don't like the certainty of "will" which goes against the uncertainty of "no matter what."

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    Re: come what may - no matter what

    In my opinion, number 5 is unnatural. All the rest are fine.

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