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Whatever the mind of man can conceive, it can achieve.
W. Clement Stone
Whatever can mean ‘anything’ or ‘everything.’
- You can do whatever you want.
Informally, whatever is used as an ironic reply to show that you do not really care about what another person has just said and even though you do not agree, you will not even try to change what they think.
- A: ‘You shouldn’t eat so much junk food. It’s bad for you.’ B: ‘Yeah, whatever.’
Achieve / conceive – spelling: ie and ei
The sound /i:/ as in piece is often written ie, but it can also sometimes be written with ei. English-speaking children memorize a short rhyme at school to help them remember the spelling rule – “i before e, except after c”.
i before e
Achieve – piece – believe – relief – field – niece – grief
e before i
Conceive – deceive – receive – ceiling
One common exception to this rule is the word seize.