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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    Whatever your feelings may be, don't let them interfere with your work.

    Could you please tell the part of speech of "whatever'? Is it a connective or a pronoun?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: whatever

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:

    Whatever your feelings may be, don't let them interfere with your work.

    Could you please tell the part of speech of "whatever'? Is it a connective or a pronoun?
    I would say it is an adjective (def. 6). See: whatever - Definitions from Dictionary.com


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    Re: whatever

    Dear RonBee,

    I have consulted the dictionary you recommended. The example is:
    whatever merit the work has
    so I think adjectives should be followed by a noun. But this "whatever" is not followed by a noun. I don't understand why it should be adjective.

    Could you please explain more?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang


    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I would say it is an adjective (def. 6). See: whatever - Definitions from Dictionary.com


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    Re: whatever

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear RonBee,

    I have consulted the dictionary you recommended. The example is:
    whatever merit the work has
    so I think adjectives should be followed by a noun. But this "whatever" is not followed by a noun. I don't understand why it should be adjective.


    That actually supports my opinion, thus:
    in any amount; to any extent: Whatever your feelings may be, don't let them interfere with your work.
    The phrase your feelings certainly is a noun.


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    Re: whatever

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear RonBee,

    I have consulted the dictionary you recommended.
    I chose Dictionary.com from many possibilities. Anybody can do the same. Go to: OneLook Dictionary Search and type the word (in the little box) that you want to find a definition for.



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    #6

    Re: whatever

    I'm afraid it's probably my Latin that is giving me grief
    but I always took 'whatever' to be an indefinite pronoun

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    Re: whatever

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    I'm afraid it's probably my Latin that is giving me grief
    but I always took 'whatever' to be an indefinite pronoun
    Interesting. (Of course, I could say "Whatever!" )

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    Re: whatever

    Dear RonBee,

    Thank you very much for your help. I shall to to OneLook dictionary search later on.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    I chose Dictionary.com from many possibilities. Anybody can do the same. Go to: OneLook Dictionary Search and type the word (in the little box) that you want to find a definition for.



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    Re: whatever

    Dear beascarpetta,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    I'm afraid it's probably my Latin that is giving me grief
    but I always took 'whatever' to be an indefinite pronoun

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