Hi everyone, 

I came across this saying "You have our support, whatever you decide." In the oxford advanced learners dictionary when looking up the word whatever.

Could somebody please advise what function is being performed by "whatever you decide".... 

Many thanks

 

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Hello, Philip, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange!

The word "whatever" can play different roles within the sentence. In this case, it introduces an adverbial clause of concession.

Within the adverbial clause, "whatever" is, at the same time, the linking word and the direct object of the verb "decide." This can be more easily understood if we break it down into "no matter what," where "no matter" is the concessive linker and "what" is the direct object of the verb "decide":

- You have our support, no matter what you decide.

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