More non-distributive WHENEVER

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Sun Mar 16 03:55:09 UTC 2008

ESPN just showed a sound-bite from a University of North Carolina
basketball player, Tyler Hansborough, describing his thought process
behind his last second game-winning shot in UNC's victory over Virginia
Tech: "Whenever I caught [the ball], I knew I was going to shoot it."
According to his ESPN player profile, he's from Poplar Bluff, MO.

By a strange coincidence, the piece of paper I grabbed to scribble this
example down on already had some similar instances of "whenever", from a
more unlikely speaker.

Last weekend, XM radio Home Ice (their hockey channel) had a lengthy
interview with Ted Lindsay, an icon of Detroit hockey, originally from
the Ottawa Valley. The sentence that caught my ear was: "I just wanted
to be in the courtroom whenever Eagleson pleaded guilty." I subsequently
noted "Something was unfair whenever Saskin took over." However, when
the temporal clause was sentence initial, he had "when": "When Eagleson
pleaded guilty..."
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