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Je l'ai fait quand même.

Je l'ai fait quand même.

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Expression: Quand même

Pronunciation: [ka(n) mehm]

Meanings: anyway, even so, nevertheless; really; how about that!; finally...

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Notes: Quand même is one of the most common and versatile French expressions. I hear it several times a day, every day, and each time I think I understand all of its meanings, another one seems to come along.

Examples:

   J'avais peur, mais je l'ai fait quand même.
   I was afraid, but I did it anyway.

   Merci quand même.
   Thanks anyway.

   C'est quand même difficile.
   All the same / Even so / Actually / Still, it's hard.
   It's really hard.

   Quand même !
   Really! Honestly! (disbelief, outrage)

   -Je suis enceinte.
   -Quand même !

   -I'm pregnant.
   -How about that!

   Oui, mais quand même !
   Yes, but still!

   Quel idiot, quand même !
   Really, what an idiot!

   Elle est polie, quand même.
   At least she's polite.

   Quand même, tu aurais pu me prévenir !
   Hey, you could have warned me!

   Tu ne vas pas sécher les cours, quand même !
   Come on, you're not really going to play hooky!

   Il ne veut pas vivre seul quand même.
   He doesn't want to live alone, does he? (rhetorical)

   Tu as nettoyé ta chambre quand même.
   You finally cleaned your room.

Related expression: quand bien même - even if


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