what ever vs whatever

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When do you use these words?

See example:

They were trying hard to hear whatever words were being spoken.
asked Nov 08 '11 at 05:05 char taylor New member

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"Whatever" is really the only word you can use in regards to the question.  "What ever" just doesn't exist, and if you see it, it's wrong.

link comment answered Nov 08 '11 at 20:25 Scott Martin Contributor
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Now, the phrase “what ever” is used to express a question about a period of time.

Example:
What ever became of that old drilling rig Exxon bought for training purposes?

If the sentence still makes sense without the word “ever,” you can usually use the two separate words “what ever.”

 

Source: https://oilpatchwriting.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/whatever-vs-what-ever/

link comment answered Dec 03 '15 at 23:05 Jacqueline Kremer New member
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The phrase “what ever” is used to express a question about a period of time.

 

Example:
What ever became of that old drilling rig Exxon bought for training purposes?

 

If the sentence still makes sense without the word “ever,” you can usually use the two separate words “what ever.”

 

Source: https://oilpatchwriting.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/whatever-vs-what-ever/

link comment answered Dec 03 '15 at 23:06 Jacqueline Kremer New member

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