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21 April 2016
I hear 'quand même' so often. What does it mean exactly? Thank you.
This question relates to:French lesson "Même can mean "same", "itself", "very", "exact" and "precise" as an adjective, and "even" as an adverb"
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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 :)
28 October 2017
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