My dad checks to see if I'm in my room (when/whenever) he...

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nomnom27

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Castellano
Which of the following sentence is gramatically correct.

1. My dad checks to see if I'm in my room when he gets back from work.
2. My dad checks to see if I'm in my room whenever he gets back from work.

I'd say No. 2, but that's a total guess in my part. I have no reasoning as to why I chose that one.
 
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  • Smauler

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    British English
    Both are wrong, unless your dad works from home.

    "My dad checks to see if I'm in my room when he gets back from work." is what I assume you're trying to express. Whenever implies often and/or irregularity. If your dad comes back from work quite a few times a day, the second sentence ("My dad checks to see if I'm in my room whenever he gets back from work") could work, if you were at home all day, and he checked at random times. If your dad checks on you after work daily, "when" is definitely right.
     

    nomnom27

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    Castellano
    Okay, so if my "dad" comes back multiple times in one day then it's whenever?
    What if he checks on me once a day but gets off work at random times or if you don't know when he gets off work? Does whenever apply here?
     
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