Hello everyone, First I wish to thank you for this forum, it's being very helpful to me. I'm grading english papers at the moment (I'm an english teacher), the topic is a famous fast food company so I'll make up a name here. I "feel" that something's not quite correct with the first part of this sentence: "Whichever the reputation of Mr Burger's, some consumers still think fast food is harmless." I'm thinking : whatever the reputation is / may be... I would use "whatever" because there isn't a limited choice of "reputations". I hope I'm making myself clear, Thanks for your help!