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Is "whatever" a general expression? When do you use it? Could you give me some examples?


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"Whatever" has a variety of different meanings depending on the context. Here, "whatever" is used to mean "anything" or "anything you want". This is one of the most common uses of this word. Ex: Take whatever you want! Ex: We can do whatever. "Whatever" can also be used to mean "regardless" or "no matter what", expressing that something is unimportant. Ex: Whatever grade you get, we still know you're smart. Ex: Whatever the weather looks like, we're still going! "Whatever" is also used sometimes to express disinterest or to show that you don't care about something. This use of the word is a little bit rude. Ex: "I bought you some ice cream!" "Whatever."

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