Quick answer
"Whoever" is a pronoun which is often translated as "quien", and "whatever" is a pronoun which is often translated as "lo que". Learn more about the difference between "whoever" and "whatever" below.
whoever(
hu
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eh
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vuhr
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (the person who)
a. quien
Whoever stole my laptop is going to be in big trouble.Quien se haya robado mi laptop se va a meter en problemas.
2. (no matter who)
a. quienquiera
Whoever comes to the party will receive a book of stickers.Quienquiera que venga a la fiesta recibirá un librito de pegatinas.
b. sea quien sea
Whoever becomes the next governor will have a tough job.Sea quien sea el próximo gobernador tendrá un trabajo difícil.
c. quien sea
Whoever you ask will tell you that it's the best restaurant in town.A quien sea que se lo preguntes, te dirá que es el mejor restaurante de la ciudad.
3. (in questions)
a. quién
Whoever could be calling at this ungodly hour?¿Quién podría estar llamando a esta hora intempestiva?
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(a person not specified)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I saw my ex downtown with her new boyfriend, Keith or whoever.Vi a mi ex en el centro con su nuevo novio, Keith o quien sea.
When you get to our office, talk to the secretary or whoever.Cuando llegues a la oficina, habla con la secretaria o con alguien.
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whatever(
wad
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ehv
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uhr
)
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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