Student or Learner
I know that English language is very free and plastic. Both “whatever” and “what ever” may be used in sentences such as: Whatever ( or What ever) made her say that?The same is true of the forms whoever, whenever, wherever and however.
Would you be kind enough to explain to me the following plasticity of your natural language?
Whatever you do is wrong. (It doesn’t matter what you do, it’s always wrong.)
Whoever you know. (It makes no difference who you know.)
Take whichever book you like. (Take any book – I don’t mind which.)
It’s the same wherever you go.(It doesn’t matter where you go.)
Whoever comes will be welcomed.
Whoever could have dreamed of such a thing?
Who ever told you that? (I can’t believe anybody would.)
Where ever have you been? (I can’t imagine where.)
Why ever did you go? (I can’t think of a reason.)
Thank you for your efforts.
Last edited by vil; 24-Aug-2008 at 11:37.
The 'ever' component of the phrases refers to time. That is, 'who ever (at any time in the past) told you that??
It has adopted a certain tone of emphasis that has made the words connect and become part of colloquial (local) language.
Hope this helps,