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everything he said

Post by navi » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:46 am

Are these sentences correct:

1) Whatever he said was later confirmed by the other witnesses.
2) Everything he said was later confirmed by the other witnesses.

3) Whatever he said was verified.
4) Everything he said was verified.

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: everything he said

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:34 pm

Yes.

There is a slight difference in meaning, though. In the absence of any specific context, the 'whatever' versions imply less focus on the content and more on its confirmation.
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Re: everything he said

Post by Phil White » Sun Jan 14, 2018 2:52 pm

Yes, there is a difference, but I read the nuance differently. Especially in the third sentence, the implication is that the person was believed without question (because of his reputation) and that the "verification" was a formal exercise. There is a note of criticism here, namely that the person has such a reputation or so much influence that their statements are accepted as correct even if they prove to be wrong.
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