Whoever and whosoever

gantlord

New Member
Scotland, English
What is the essential difference between these two words? Plus, why are neither of them in the wordreference english dictionary?
 
  • Eddie

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    gantlord said:
    What is the essential difference between these two words? Plus, why are neither of them in the wordreference english dictionary?
    Hello, Gantlord.

    Both words are synonyms; however, whosoever is a literary term. In American English, you would never hear that word form used in common speech except in church or synagogue as a quote from the Bible, or in a classroom as a quote from Shakespeare.
     

    Nocciolina

    Senior Member
    USA
    English
    Hi,
    Whosoever is still used in written English though I can't say that I have heard many people using it in oral conversation...unless it was some clergyman.
     
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