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I will spend whatever of time and energy may be mine.

Is this sentence possible to rephrase like:

  1. I will spend whatever may be mine of time and energy.

  2. I will spend whatever time and energy may be mine.

  3. I will spend whatever of time and energy that may be mine.

  4. I will spend whatever time and energy that may be mine.

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'Whatever of' meaning 'However much' (time, money, etc) is possibly a little old-fashioned, but by no means 'wrong'.

every Whig must not only know his duty, but must firmly resolve, whatever of time and labor it may cost, boldly and faithfully to do it. (US Whig Party campaign circular, January 1840)

Whatever of money found on his person was of course the spoil of war. (Letter, USA, 1865)

I take with me whatever of money there is in the house, to defray the expenses of my journey.
(1872 autobiography, Philadelphia, USA)

The king did not now go inland, taking only whatever of money or men that lay in his path.
(1951 translation from Norse)

also whatever of time and energy we give to the keeping of our own vineyard is the very best preparation and aid in keeping the vineyards of others.

Whatever of time, talents and treasures we invest in His service will reap blessing and reward many times over.
(undated US Christian material)

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    Of course it got its start in England.
    – TimR
    Jan 1 at 13:31

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