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The difference between “whoever” and “whoever”

The difference between“whoever“y“whoever“

“Whoever“y“whoever“they are easy to confuse. Deciding which one to use requires some knowledge of grammar.

To know the difference between“whoever“y“whoever“, you must understand the difference between a subject and an object in grammar. Don’t worry if you don’t. It’s easier than it sounds, and you already make this distinction with couples like“he/he“y“they“. Bueno,“whoever/anyone“it is exactly the same.

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“Whoever“Is the Subject of a Verb

“whoever“it is like“the“y“they“. All three words are used as subjects of verbs.
Examples of sentences with“whoever“:

  • Whoever answers the next question wins the quiz. ✔️
    (Here,“whoever“is the subject of the verb“answers.“)
  • Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping. (Actress Bo Derek) ✔️
    (In this example,“whoever“is the subject of the verb“said.“)
  • Whoever controls the media and the images, controls the culture. (Poet Allen Ginsberg) ✔️
    (Here,“whoever“is the subject of the verb“controls.“)

In each of these examples, the word“the“would work with the verb (“he answers“,“he said“,“he controls“).

“Whomever“Is an Object

“Whoever“it is like“the“y“they“. The three words are used as objects.
Examples of sentences with“who wants“:

  • The witch will choose whomever she wants. ✔️
    (Here,“whomever“is the object of the verb“choose.“In this case, it is a direct object.)
  • Tell whomever your story. ✔️
    (Here,“whomever“is the object of the verb“tell.“In this case, it is an indirect object.)
  • Give it to whomever you think will use it most wisely. ✔️
    (Here,“whomever“is the object of the preposition“to.“)

In each of these examples, the word“the“would work (“choose it“,“tell him“,“to the“). The word“the“I would not do it (“choose the“,“tell“,“to the“).

More about“Whoever“and“Whomever“

This sentence can help you understand the difference between“who“y“who“:

  • Whoever likes me, and I like whomever. ✔️

Recuerde que el emparejamiento“who/whoever“it’s like matchups“he/he“y“they“. For example:

  • He likes me, and I like him. ✔️
  • They like me, and I like them. ✔️

“Whomever“Is Not Posher Than“Whoever“

No uses“whoever“because you think it makes you sound more polite. (You can only use“whoever“when it is an object, that is, it is not the subject of a verb).

“Whomever“Is Not British English

The distinction described on this page is valid in the US and the UK. Use“whoever“it is not a UK writing convention.

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