Apologies for the title which sounds like the Shakira classic, but would you say "Thank you for providing help whenever possible" or "wherever possible"

  • LOL! I thought of the Shakira song before reading your question! IMO, it's more idiomatic to use "whenever" because unless the person you're thanking is physically moving from one location to another, bestowing help on-site, as needed, it's assumed that they are providing help when needed, hence, "whenever". – Kristina Lopez May 24 '16 at 16:28
  • Are you thanking someone in advance for help that will be provided or thanking them for help that has already been provided? – Andy Schweig May 24 '16 at 16:29
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    It's perfectly normal in English to use spatial terms in reference to things that are actually time-based. As in I'm getting to the stage of life where I think of space and time as two different sides of the same coin. For most purposes, I'll help when I can and I'll help where I can are 100% equivalent. – FumbleFingers May 24 '16 at 16:34
  • Sorry @FumbleFingers, that sounds odd to me. Also, "I'll help when I can" or "I'll help where I can" means something very different than the OP's "Thank you for providing help (whenever or wherever) possible." – Kristina Lopez May 24 '16 at 17:27
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    This is not strictly responsive to the question, so I'll use a comment. You'd be better off simply saying "Thanks for the help." To qualify it with "wherever/whenever possible" is to draw attention to the fact that the other person did not always help, and this is an ungracious thing to do. – WhatRoughBeast May 24 '16 at 19:26

Both are valid, but they have slightly different connotations.

Help whenever possible is, literally, requesting assistance as often as possible.

Help wherever possible is more equivalent to Help however possible, which isn't asking for a specific amount or frequency of timing on the help, merely asking for help in whatever capacity the recipient can.

Functionally, they both effectively mean, "help as much as possible," and are generally going to be interchangeable, but it is possible that the former could be read as an ongoing request, and the second as a one-time request.

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