I watched the movie Dr. Dolittle. A character dragonfly which was burnt by a dragon's sniff in a cave said this:

I will meet whosoever survives outside.

To me it is fine because it is:

Subject+ verb+ object+ adverb

But someone has said to me: Isn't the position of adverb a little weird in this? Doesn't this give meaning that the character is saying:

I will meet the one who survives outside.

But I think this sentence means:

I will meet the person outside who survives here inside the cave.

Who is right, him or me?

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    The sentence is ambiguous. It can be interpreted either way (although I would favour your interpretation). Commented Jun 7, 2021 at 7:00
  • Your friend is wrong. The context clearly indicates that the dragonfly is talking about surviving the dragon. Commented Jun 8, 2021 at 20:31

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I think it is like:

I will meet him outside.

whosoever = him

It is like:

I will gift whosoever secures 90% a bicycle.


This sentence is ambiguous. I don't know the situation what you think about, but the meaning of this sentence is different in situation.

  • Lee, you need to redraft your second sentence to make the meaning clear. The phrase is different in situation is neither clear nor idiomatic. Commented Jun 7, 2021 at 10:31

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