compound relative


: a relative pronoun, adjective, or adverb used without an antecedent (as what in "what he says is true", where in "this is where he was born")
: a compound formed by adding so, ever, or soever to a relative pronoun (whoso, whichever, whatsoever)

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“Compound relative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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