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"Whatever" is a pronoun which is often translated as "lo que", and "however" is an adverb which is often translated as "sin embargo". Learn more about the difference between "whatever" and "however" below.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (anything)
a. lo que
We can do whatever you want.Podemos hacer lo que quieras.
2. (no matter what)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Whatever happens, I want you to remember that I love you.Pase lo que pase, quiero que recuerdes que te amo.
Whatever it may be, we will be ready for it.Sea lo que sea, estaremos preparados.
3. (interrogative)
a. qué
Whatever is going on here?¿Qué está pasando aquí?
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
4. (used to express indifference)
a. lo que sea
ShalI I order coffee or tea? - Whatever.¿Pido café o té? - Lo que sea.
b. me da igual
Do you want to come with me? - Whatever.¿Quieres acompañarme? - Me da igual.
c. como sea
Do you want to go to the beach or to a museum? - Whatever.¿Quieres ir a la playa o a un museo? - Como sea.
5. (used to express irritation)
a. me da igual
I'll confiscate your phone if you don't do your chores. - Whatever!Te sacaré el teléfono si no haces los quehaceres. - ¡Me da igual!
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (any)
a. cualquier
Whatever house we buy will become our home.Cualquier casa que compremos se convertirá en nuestro hogar.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'll support you whatever choice you make.Te apoyaré decidas lo que decidas.
We will implement whatever changes are necessary.Implementaremos los cambios que sean necesarios.
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (nevertheless)
a. sin embargo
I like listening to music; however, I don't like going to concerts.Me gusta escuchar música; sin embargo, no me gusta ir a conciertos.
b. no obstante
I love reading; however, I don't like non-fiction books.Me encanta leer; no obstante, no me gustan los libros factuales.
2. (no matter how)
a. sin importar
However hard it is, I choose to forgive.Sin importar lo duro que sea, elijo perdonar.
b. por
However cold it is, I'm going to go running.Por mucho frío que haga, voy a salir a correr.
3. (how)
a. cómo
However did you get there?¿Cómo llegaste ahí?
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
4. (as)
a. como
Do your hair however you like.Péinate como tú quieras.
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