compound relative

noun

Definition of compound relative

1 : 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”)
2 : a compound formed by adding so, ever, or soever to a relative pronoun (whoso, whichever, whatsoever)

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“Compound relative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compound%20relative. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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