Whenever (A)/ you are coming here,(B)/ you bring a lot of sweets for me.(C)

This is an error correction question. But I think that this is a bad question because it can be interpreted in two ways.

1. As per my book it says since its a routine habit I need to replace you are coming in part B with you come [Whenever you come here, you bring a lot of sweets for me. ]

But I interpret it in a different way, 2. I am correcting it just by removing you from part C which conveys a meaning that I am saying the above sentence to any XYZ asking him to bring a lot of sweets for me whenever ( any day , today , tomorrow or whenever) he comes at my place. [ Whenever you are coming here, bring a lot of sweets for me.]

Am I correct ?


Whenever you are coming here, bring a lot of sweets for me.

That is a grammatical utterance. A possible context would be a back-and-forth about when a person was going to arrive:

You're coming here next week, right?
--No, I arrive in two weeks.
You emailed a few days ago, saying you would arrive before month end.
--Yes, but I sent a follow-up saying my plans had changed.
Well, whenever you're coming here, bring me some sweets.

There, whenever has a different meaning, as I think you know. It doesn't mean "at all times, every time" but "whatever time it happens to be".

  • I meant to say the same thing but perhaps couldn't explain it properly in question. I have edited it now, hope it's clear now.
    – user212388
    Aug 20 '17 at 14:46
  • @user212388: I was agreeing with you. ("whatever time it happens to be ~= "today, tomorrow, next week...whenever". Aug 20 '17 at 14:46
  • But your answer doesn't answer my question, I was asking if I am correct or not ? Are both the interpretations correct way to correct this sentience ?
    – user212388
    Aug 20 '17 at 14:50
  • @user212388: You need to read more carefully. My response does answer your question. It addresses the "correction" your proposed and states that the result would be a grammatical utterance. Aug 20 '17 at 15:15

The analysis in 1. is correct. Then:

Whenever you come here, you bring a lot of sweets for me.

Based on when the action (the visit) occurs, the result is "you bring a lot of sweets for me". It is a fact.

But you want to write:

Whenever you come here, bring a lot of sweets for me.

Now "bring a lot of sweets for me" is actually a request. We have no idea if any sweets will actually be delivered.

Your change is changing the meaning of the sentence.

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