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    2. Hi! Thanks for the clarification. You're right that sometimes, "anything" and "whatever" can be used to mean the same thing. For example, let's imagine that I'm in my friend's house. She wants to invite me to eat her food and tell me that I can choose freely as if I were in my own home. She might say, "Help yourself to anything you want from the fridge!" or "Help yourself to whatever you want from the fridge!" These are exactly the same. But in your sentence, "anything" and "whatever" aren't the same. "Just because they're parents, it doesn't mean they're allowed to do anything to their own child." -- This sentence implies that there is nothing the parents can do. "Just because they're parents, it doesn't mean they're allowed to do whatever to their own child." -- This sentence implies that the parents can do some things, but not other things. If you wanted to achieve that meaning with "anything" you could use: "Just because they're parents, it doesn't mean they're allowed to do anything they want to their own child." This is because "anything" can be used to show the opposite of "nothing". "Do you have anything to wear for the party?" --> "yes I have something to wear" or "no, I have nothing." This is really hard to explain, sorry! It really just depends on the context. If it's clear from the circumstances that you don't mean something/nothing, then both words are used to mean "freely chosen / unspecified". But if there's a context such as a "not" sentence, then we understand "anything" as the opposite of "nothing" "Oh, I figured I'd just wear anything." = "Oh, I figured I'd just wear whatever" but "I'm not wearing anything right now" = I'm naked "He's eating anything." = "He's eating whatever" but "He's not eating anything." = he's eating nothing "He's not eating whatever." = confusing, not really a sentence we would say sorry it's so weird! I'd never realized how complicated this was. you can ask about other example sentences if that would help!

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