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Offline navi

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« on: April 21, 2021, 03:02:23 am »
Are these sentences correct:

1)He doesn't like me whatsoever.

2)He doesn't go out whatsoever.
3)He doesn't eat meat whatsoever.

Gratefully,
Navi

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Re: whatsoever
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2021, 07:31:04 am »
1)He doesn't like me at all.
2)He doesn't go out at all.
3)He doesn't eat meat at all.
I don't think, "whatsoever" is an adequate synonym for "at all" in this context but I cannot explain why. Maybe it's only my personal preferences.
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2021, 12:11:21 pm »
Here is an interesting explanation about the usage of "whatsoever" and "at all":  https://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/student-stumper-45-do-whatsoever-and-at-all-have-the-same-meaning/
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Re: whatsoever
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2021, 03:15:01 pm »
Here is an interesting explanation about the usage of "whatsoever" and "at all":  https://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/student-stumper-45-do-whatsoever-and-at-all-have-the-same-meaning/
This is very good. Scroll down and you'll find the following key sentences
  • In almost all the examples I found, whatsoever followed a noun or pronoun: no reason whatsoever, no money whatsoever, nothing whatsoever, etc.
  • At all can follow an adverb. We can say none at all or none whatsoever. But we can only say not at all.

Navi: Your first two sentences are the "not at all" variety. The third sentence may take "whatsoever" according to this article. I still don't like it.
« Last Edit: April 21, 2021, 03:18:59 pm by Britta »
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson†

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Re: whatsoever
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2021, 11:27:08 pm »
Thank you both very much,

I don't like '3' either. I don't like it at all, actually. I suspect it might be regional. Maybe the writer of the article overlooked something, or was not clear enough. I am not sure, but I don't like it.

Respectfully,
Navi