• Here's a list of games. You can buy whichever you want.

  • Here's a list of games. You can buy any you want.

I, as a non-native speaker, understand it as:

  • The first sentence means that only one game can be bought.
  • The second sentence means that any amount of fames can be bought.

But the problem starts with the use of any with an amount.

  • You can buy whichever 3 you want.
  • You can buy any 3 you want.

Are both sentences grammatically correct?

Here are more examples with the word amount:

  • Here's the sack of sugar. You can take whichever amount is needed. (Is whatever also possoble?)
  • Here's the sack of sugar. You can take any amount is needed. (This sounds really bad to my ear)
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    Whichever strongly implies [one] choice from a finite, contextually-known list of choices, so it's not very appropriate in the "sugar" example unless you've got a list of possible quantities you expect the customer to choose from. Your final You can take any amount is needed is simply ungrammatical, but you can just delete is to fix it. – FumbleFingers Mar 29 '17 at 18:02
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    Personally, I feel like you're missing "one" as in, the correct sentences should be: You can buy whichever one(s) you want. Meanwhile, you could also say, "You can buy however much/many you want. You can buy as many/as much as you want." And grammatically, it's not wrong to say, "You can take any amount needed (necessary)," but I think it would be more idiomatic to say, "You can take however much is necessary/you need." – Teacher KSHuang Mar 30 '17 at 9:57

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