How to express whoever, whenever, wherever, whatever, whichever, however in Thai

by | Oct 12, 2020 | Thai, Vocabulary

The question words in Thai ใคร (krai), เมื่อไร (mêua rai), ที่ไหน (têe năi), อะไร (à-rai), ไหน (năi), อย่างไร (yàang rai) (who, when, where, what, which, how) can become whoever, whenever, wherever, whatever, whichever, and however depending on the sentence. Let me explain.

In a question, the question words need to be put at the end of the sentence (except เมื่อไร mêua rai  which can also be placed in front). But to change it the question words to “-ever” you have to put them at the beginning of the sentence. Let’s take a look at some examples for question words.

To learn more about the question words in Thai, please read my article on question words in Thai and how questions in Thai.

whoever-whenever, wherever, whatever, whichever, however in Thai

How to turn question words into -ever

Place the question word + ที่ in front of the sentence to make it ‘-ever’ (whoever, whenever, wherever, whatever, whichever, however). You can also put ก็ตาม gôr dtaam in between. It’s optional.

The formula is: question word + ที่ + rest of sentence.

Whoever in Thai

  • Whoever doesn’t want to do, doesn’t have to do.
    krai (gôr dtaam) têe mâi yàak tam gôr mâi dtông tam

Whenever in Thai

  • Whenever I call you I want you to drive out.
    mêua rai  (gôr dtaam) têe chăn toh bpai hâi ter kàp rót òk maa

Wherever in Thai

  • Wherever you are, that’s where I will be.
    têe năi (gôr dtaam) têe mee kun têe nân gôr mee pŏm

Whatever in Thai

  • Whatever he says, don’t believe him
    à-rai (gôr dtaam) têe kăo pôot mâi dtông bpai fang

  • Whatever you choose is fine
    à-rai têe kun lêuak gôr dee mòt

Whichever in Thai

Whichever requires a classifier in front of ไหน. For example, อันไหน (an năi), คนไหน (kon năi), etc.

  • Whichever person wants to go get out of the car immediately
    kon năi têe yàak bpai chûay kêun rót tan tee

  • Whichever you want tell me
    an năi têe yàak dâai gôr bòk

However in Thai

The exception to the rule is “however”. อย่างไรที่ is not spoken in Thai. And อย่างไรก็ตาม means however but in the other sense such as in the sentence “I like her however she doesn’t like me”.

If you want to say “however” you would say อย่างไรก็ได้ (yàang rai gôr dâai).

  • However you write it is fine
    kĭan yàang rai gôr dâai

Question word + ก็ได้

If you want to omit all the information and just say like whoever is fine, whatever is fine, whenever is fine, etc. All you have to do is say the question word + ก็ได้ (gôr dâai).

Please note that ก็ได้ (gôr dâai) means ‘it’s fine, it’s okay, it’s possible’.

Let me show you examples:

  • Whoever is fine
    krai gôr dâai
  • Whenever is fine
    mêua rai gôr dâai
  • Whatever is fine
    à-rai gôr dâai

  • Whichever is fine
    an năi gôr dâai

  • However is fine
    yàang rai gôr dâai

I hope you now know how to say whoever, whenever, wherever, whatever, whichever, however in Thai.

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