Quick answer
"Whichever" is a pronoun which is often translated as "cualquiera", and "wherever" is a conjunction which is often translated as "dondequiera que". Learn more about the difference between "whichever" and "wherever" below.
whichever(
wihch
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eh
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vuhr
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A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (no matter which)
a. cualquiera
Can I have a piece of candy? - Sure! You can take whichever you like.¿Puedo tomar un caramelo? - ¡Claro! Puedes tomar cualquiera que te guste.
2. (any one that)
a. el que (when referring to a masculine noun)
Whichever you buy will work for our purposes. Just make up your mind!El que compres servirá nuestro propósito. ¡Solo decídete de una vez!
b. la que (when referring to a feminine noun)
Which jacket should I buy? - Buy whichever you like more.¿Cuál chaqueta me debería comprar? - Compra la que te guste más.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (no matter which)
a. cualquiera que sea el...que (when referring to a masculine noun)
Whichever road you take, you'll end up at the beach.Cualquiera que sea el camino que tomes, acabarás en la playa.
b. cualquiera que sea la...que (when referring to a feminine noun)
Whichever time you choose, please be on time.Cualquiera que sea la hora que elija, por favor sea puntual.
4. (any one that)
a. el...que (when referring to a masculine noun)
You can use whichever hammer you prefer.Puedes usar el martillo que prefieras.
b. la...que (when referring to a feminine noun)
Make sure you thoroughly practice whatever song you're going to peform.Asegúrate de practicar a fondo la canción que vayas a interpretar.
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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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