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    whichever one / whatever

    I’ve brought two newspapers. You can have ---- one you like.

    A) whichever
    B) whoever
    C) whenever
    D) however
    E) whatever

    The correct answer is A, but is "whatever one" wrong? Can't we use "whatever" with "one"? Is the number of the newspapers being "two" or a definite set is a determining factor in our choosing "whichever" rather than "whatever"?


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    Re: whichever one / whatever

    Is the number of the newspapers being "two" or a definite set the determining factor in our choosing "whichever" rather than "whatever"?

    YES

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    Re: whichever one / whatever

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    Is the number of the newspapers being "two" or a definite set the determining factor in our choosing "whichever" rather than "whatever"?

    YES
    Would "whatever one" be correct if it were not a definite set?


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    Re: whichever one / whatever

    'which' is used when asking a question, 'whichever' as in the sentence you quoted.

    'what' is used to ask a question : "What would you like for Christmas?"

    As an interrogative pronoun, 'whatever' is used instead of 'what' in questions, typically expressing surprise or confusion : 'Whatever is the matter?"

    As soon as you say, What/whatever/whichever one, you mean/imply 'one of something' eg one of these apples. You are immediately defining a set from which the person must select 'one' and so we must use 'which/whichever'

    And it shouldn't be confused with "Whatever one may think..."!!!

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    #5

    Re: whichever one / whatever

    So "one" does not go with "whatever", is that right?

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    Re: whichever one / whatever

    Quote Originally Posted by Trex View Post
    So "one" does not go with "whatever", is that right?
    Of course "Whatever" can not be together with a "one" after it!

    Because "whatever" means the thing has to be selected by someone arbitrarily, whereas "one" itself means the thing we've already quoted to it or its relatives!

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