Quick answer
"Whatever" is a pronoun which is often translated as "lo que", and "wherever" is a conjunction which is often translated as "dondequiera que". Learn more about the difference between "whatever" and "wherever" below.
whatever(
wad
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ehv
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uhr
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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)
a.
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.
b.
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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wherever(
wehr
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ehv
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uhr
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (no matter where)
a. dondequiera que
You can't sit wherever you like; the seats are numbered.No puedes sentarte dondequiera que sea. Los asientos están numerados.
2. (anywhere)
a. donde
Park wherever you find a spot.Estaciona donde encuentres lugar.
b. a donde sea que
That cat will follow you wherever you go.Ese gato te seguirá a donde sea que vayas.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
3. (no matter where)
a. donde sea
Buy water in the supermarket, at the kiosk, or wherever.Compra agua en el supermercado, en el quiosco o donde sea.
b. en cualquier parte
I'm celebrating my birthday at a restaurant, bar, or wherever.Voy a celebrar mi cumpleaños en un restaurante, en un bar, o en cualquier parte.
4.
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(in questions)
a. dónde
Wherever did I put my keys?¿Dónde puse mis llaves?
b. en qué lugar
Wherever have you put the remote?¿En qué lugar pusiste el control remoto?
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