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    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 14
    #1

    at any/whatever cost

    I was wondering if this sentence is correct:

    She tried to serve the poor at any whatever cost.

    I think it should be either:

    She tried to serve the poor at any cost.

    or

    She tried to serve the poor at whatever cost.

    However, a university used "at any whatever cost" on their entrance exam.


    • Join Date: Jul 2007
    • Posts: 554
    #2

    Re: at any/whatever cost

    You are right the sentence is unacceptable.

    I prefer the first of your alternatives.

    The second might be better as -

    She tried to serve the poor whatever the cost.

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