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Can I use 'whatever' in this sentence? Why is 'what' here?

English Language Learners Asked by Wendy Shao on October 31, 2020

The rising power of the consumer and their new-found ability to get what they want, whenever they want, from whomever they want.

1."to get what they want"
Can I use ‘whatever’ instead?

2.What’ s the grammar functions of ‘whenever’ clause and ‘whomever’ clause here?

One Answer

For parallelism it should be either “whatever ... whenever ... whomever” or “what ... when ... whom”.

The -ever forms are a bit stronger, but both are variants of the same fixed phrase with the sense that anything is possible.

The three w’s aren’t separate clauses; they are separated by commas purely for readability and emphasis, with pauses when speaking, and that’s part of the fixed phrase as well.

Answered by StephenS on October 31, 2020

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