Can whenever be omitted?

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candylemon

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korean
Hello! I am korean student.
During studying English grammar, I found passage that I couldn't understand in my information.

Experienced shoppers refrain from using the credit card whenever possible.
The novice, however, is more easily enticed by the ability to spend all the money he or she likes.

This is the passage that I am confused right now.
Can ' he or she likes' be there without conjunction?
Or Is 'whenever' omitted?

And Happy New Year!
 
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    It is not "whenever". It is talking about the total amount of money he can spend, not how often he can spend money.

    But the sentence is awkwardly worded. It would be clearer to me using other words:

    ...the ability to spend all the money he or she likes. (original)
    ...the ability to spend as much money as he or she likes. (I prefer)

    Is that clearer to you? Or is it still confusing?

    I would also replace enticed by with tempted by in modern AE.
     

    Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    It is not "whenever". It is talking about the total amount of money he can spend, not how often he can spend money.

    But the sentence is awkwardly worded. It would be clearer to me using other words:

    ...the ability to spend all the money he or she likes. (original)
    ...the ability to spend as much money as he or she likes. (I prefer)
    I read the sentence in a different way:
    Whenever possible, experienced shoppers refrain from using the credit card.
    That is, they try not to use their credit card too often. By limiting its use, they avoid unpleasant surprises at the end of the month.

    Of course, I agree with dojibear's statement that the goal is to avoid spending too much money.
     
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