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    #1

    "whatever the situation is"

    hi,
    is this a bad expression?
    please note that my goal is only to be able to communicate clearly and speak a nice and informal English.
    thanks.


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    #2

    Re: "whatever the situation is"

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,
    is this a bad expression?
    please note that my goal is only to be able to communicate clearly and speak a nice and informal English.
    thanks.
    It sounds quite neutral to me, JC. A lot would depend on the wider context, how it was being used.


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    #3

    Re: "whatever the situation is"

    What do you mean by a "bad expression"? It is a perfectly normal one, in the correct context.

    "Whatever the situation is tomorrow, I am going to go to the game!"

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    #4

    Re: "whatever the situation is"

    I mean an expression that I should avoid using.
    I think I have seen it a lot, but I have just searched BNC/Google and found very few entries for it.
    Thanks.


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    #5

    Re: "whatever the situation is"

    Note how it is used (more often without 'is':
    In order to ensure the best possible power and road grip whatever the situation, the Volvo S80 T6 and V8 models are equipped with Volvo's active All Wheel ...

    Whatever the situation we find ourselves in, however unpleasant or bland, ...

    2-bedded paediatric intensive care unit which offers parents the security of 
knowing their child is in safe hands whatever the situation or treatment. ...

    Whatever the situation, it is the people themselves who have to resolve to meet the situation with courage and fortitude.

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    #6

    Re: "whatever the situation is"

    Whatever . . . .

    It is what it is . . .

    (Those are two expressions that might be considered offensive, depending on how used.)

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