1. Whatever Alice offers him, Fred eats.
  2. Whatever you like, you may take.
  3. Whichever wing succeeded first would wheel inwards and help the other.

Why the 3rd example does not have a comma after the starting subordinate clause (as in the first two)?

The only difference I could make out is that in the first two examples, the whatever clause is the complement (object) of the sentence and in the last one it is the subject.


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(1) and (2) are written in inverted form. You might just as well write Fred eats whatever Alice offers him. The inversion is in order to emphasise whatever by putting it at the beginning of the sentence.

The third sentence is not in inverted form. Whichever wing is the subject of the sentence.

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