whenever vs when : Common Errors in English

About whenever vs when

“Whenever” has two main functions. It can refer to repeated events: “Whenever I put the baby down for a nap the phone rings and wakes her up.” Or it can refer to events of whose date or time you are uncertain: “Whenever it was that I first wore my new cashmere sweater, I remember the baby spit up on it.” In some dialects (notably in Northern Ireland and Texas) it is common to substitute “whenever” for “when” in statements about specific events occurring only once and whose date is known: “Whenever we got married, John was so nervous he dropped the ring down my décolletage.” This is nonstandard. If an event is unique and its date or time known, use “when.”

whenever in News

  1. 2013 U.S. Open tee times: Tiger Woods unlikely to play Thursday after morning weather delay

    Whenever the world’s top-three players finally make their way to the first tee, Woods believes the soggy conditions could provide him with a slight advantage over the field.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Philly.com

  2. In search of a state legislator who doesn't always toe the party line

    Whenever a group of progressives or pro-business lobbyists release their version of a report card for state legislators, it is understood they are grading on a rather biased curve.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Tampa Bay Times

  3. Wednesday's Child: Tyler

    Whenever you learn a child is shy, one sure way to get them to open up is by introducing them to animals.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WTSP-TV Tampa

when in News

  1. When the U.S. Open Was Truly Open—to Amateur Golfers

    The last time a non-pro made a deep run at the Open was in 1971, when college golfer Jim Simons almost earned a spot in a playoff alongside Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Atlantic

  2. Op-ed: When an Artist You Love Doesn't Love You Back

    When an artist you love says 'you suck' — hello, Lauryn Hill — can you still listen to them? read more
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Advocate

  3. When Saints Go Machine Share 'Iodine' Remix by Rhye Guy, Plot Live U.S. Debut

    When Saints Go Machine released their sophomore studio album,  Infinity Pool , late last month and to celebrate, the Copenhagen foursome have announced their first-ever live performances in North America...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Spin

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