When do I use "qualsiasi" and "qualunque" in Italian? Could somebody please explain this to me like I'm a four-year old because all the confusing terms that language teachers use are not helping. Thanks!
Apr 28, 2016 10:46 PM
Answers · 3
Qualsiasi and Qualunque have the same meaning and can be used in similar contexts. They are invariable. When they are placed before a noun, they mean "any" : Qualunque ragazza/ Qualsiasi ragazza When they are placed after a noun, they acquire a slightly pejorative meaning: Ho comprato una macchina qualsiasi / una macchina qualunque. ( I bought an unremarkable car, there is nothing special about it.) You can use them with plural nouns only if you place them after the noun: Non devi essere elegante per andare al museo, puoi indossare dei vestiti qualunque.
April 29, 2016
About the origin of qualsiasi: It comes from /quale che sia/ (Eng.: whatever it is), as you see it has the subjunctive (congiuntivo) mood in it. I can't guess about the origin of /qualunque/. I agree with Mona's explanation.
April 29, 2016
Hi Andy, don't worry, qualsiasi and qualunque are synonims, you can use either and they mean the same :)
April 28, 2016
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