N'importe... - French Indefinite Expressions

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The French indefinite expression n'importe, which literally means "no matter," can be followed by an interrogative adjective, adverb, or pronoun in order to designate an unspecified person, thing, or characteristic. If you don't know what interrogative adjectives, adverbs, and/or pronouns are, be sure to study those lessons before continuing with this one (just click the link in each heading).

N'importe with Interrogative Pronouns

These can function as subjects, direct objects, or indirect objects.

n'importe qui - anyone
 N'importe qui peut le faire.
Anyone can do it.
Tu peux inviter n'importe qui.
You can invite anyone.
Ne viens pas avec n'importe qui.
Don't come with just anyone. 
n'importe quoi - anything
N'importe quoi m'aiderait.
Anything would help me.
Il lira n'importe quoi.
He'll read anything.
J'écris sur n'importe quoi.
I write on anything.
n'importe lequel - any (one)
- Quel livre veux-tu ? - N'importe lequel.
Which book do you want? Any one / Any of them.
- Aimes-tu les films ? - Oui, j'aime n'importe lesquels.
Do you like movies? Yes, I like any at all.

N'importe with interrogative adjectives
Use in front of a noun to indicate a non-specific choice.
n'importe quel - any

   J'aimerais n'importe quel livre.
   I'd like any book.
   N'importe quelle décision sera...
   Any decision will be...

N'importe with interrogative adverbs
These indicate that the how, when, or where of something is unspecified.


n'importe comment - (in) any way

   Fais-le n'importe comment.
   Do it any way. (Just do it!)

n'importe quand - anytime

   Ecrivez-nous n'importe quand.
   Write to us anytime.

n'importe où - anywhere

   Nous irons n'importe où.
   We'll go wherever/anywhere.