I hear 'quand même' so often. What does it mean exactly? Thank you.

Lia

Kwiziq community member

21 April 2016

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I hear 'quand même' so often. What does it mean exactly? Thank you.

This relates to:
Même can mean "same", "itself", "very", "exact" and "precise" as an adjective, and "even" as an adverb -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 April 2016

21/04/16

Bonjour Lia !

Oh là là ! How long have you got?
The expression "quand même" has many different uses and meanings, depending on context, but its main meaning I would say is close to "still / anyway", as in:
"Still, you gave it back. / You gave it back anyway." (Tu l'as rendu quand même) or
"He bothered me. - Yes but still..." (Il m'a embêté. -Oui, mais quand même...).

You can also hear "quand bien même..." meaning "even if":
"Quand bien même il serait riche, je ne l'aimerais pas plus!"

I hope that answers your question :)

Habiba

Kwiziq community member

28 October 2017

28/10/17

Did you conditionnel because of the guards at the beginning?

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