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What is the difference between 'whereever' and 'wherever'?

What is the difference between 'whereever' and 'wherever'?

The words whereever and wherever are often confused because they have a similar spelling. But what is the difference?

Wherever means at any place, in any case when used as an adjective.

Whereever is not a word. It is a misspelling of wherever.

A good way to remember the difference is Wherever drops the E on where.

Out of the two words, 'wherever' is the most common. It appears about 137 times more frequently than 'whereever'.



Compound words are hard to spell. Sometimes they drop letters and other words keep all the letters of the two words that are combined. Wherever is a compound word. It drops the E from the end of "where." Whereever is incorrect.

Wherever can function as a conjunction that means "at any place or in any condition." It can also be used occasionally as an adverb to mean "where."

Is the correct expression ', wherever possible ,' or ', whereever possible ,'?

The right phrase is ', wherever possible ,'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Which is right 'wherever he went .' or 'whereever he went .'?

The correct expression is 'wherever he went .'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the phrase 'offer void wherever prohibited' or 'offer void whereever prohibited'?

The correct phrase is 'offer void wherever prohibited'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Is the right expression 'wherever they may be' or 'whereever they may be'?

The right expression is 'wherever they may be'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Should I use 'wherever he went ,' or 'whereever he went ,'?

You should use 'wherever he went ,'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Some synonyms of wherever are: position, where, in any place

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The definitions in this article were adapted from dictionary.com.

Dictionary Definition of whereeverDictionary Definition of wherever

Examples of wherever in a sentence

Whatever Peter did, wherever he went, she would stay with her brother.
- Where Heaven Begins by Bittner
He always did, wherever he went.
- Once on a Moonless Night by Dai Sijie
Murder follows you around wherever you go.”
- Death of an Outsider by M. C. Beaton
It must parallel the physical decomposition of the body, wherever it is.”
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec
Looking like she did, Rebecca had had men lining up three deep wherever she went.
- Nothing gold can stay by Dana Stabenow
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