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What is the difference between the following sentences.

1.Tell me how many books you have.

2.Tell me whatever books you have.

  • In what situation are you saying this: Tell me whatever books you have. Normally you would say: Tell me what books you have. Also do you realize that how many is asking for the number, not the identity of the books. So basically how many is a different question than what. – Brandin Oct 19 '18 at 6:48
  • What do you think the difference is. How would you answer these questions? You will make your question better if you edit your question. – James K Oct 19 '18 at 6:55
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  • how many

This asks for the number.

Alice: How many books do you have?

Bob: I have about twenty or thirty books.

  • what

This asks to identify the specific object or objects.

Alice: What books do you have?

Bob: Mostly fantasy and science fiction.

  • whatever, whichever

This invites the listener to identify a particular object. Whatever implies that you want to identify one object within a larger set of objects:

Alice: Show me a book.

Bob: Lets see... which one?

Alice: Whatever book is your favorite.

Whichever implies that you want to identify one object within a smaller set of objects:

Alice: Hand me that book.

Bob: Which book?

Alice: Whichever book you are not reading.

  • whatsoever

This sounds similar to whatever but is usually used to emphasize a negative.

Alice: How many books do you have, Charlie?

Charlie: I have no books whatsoever.

Note that there is no whichsoever.

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