Expressing "no matter" with "buguan"

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不管 (bùguǎn) is more informal than 无论, but it is used in more or less the same way. As with other constructions, 都 and 也 can be used in the second part of the sentence to emphasize the action or decision will not change.

Used with Question Word

Structure

不管 + Question Word ,(Subj. +) 都 ⋯⋯

Examples

  • 不管 你 穿 什么 好看 。 Bùguǎn nǐ chuān shénme dōu hǎokàn.No matter what you wear, it all look good on you.
  • 不管 怎么样 ,我们 要 好好 准备 。 Bùguǎn zěnme yàng, wǒmen dōu yào hǎohǎo zhǔnbèi.We must prepare well no matter what.
  • 不管 你 在 哪儿 工作 , 要 交税 。 Bùguǎn nǐ zài nǎ'er gōngzuò, dōu yào jiāo shuì.You need to pay the taxes wherever you work.
  • 不管 别人 怎么 想 ,你 要 坚持 。 Bùguǎn biérén zěnme xiǎng, nǐ dōu yào jiānchí.No matter how other people think, you need to keep going.
  • 不管 你 是 什么 时候 买 的 ,我们 可以 免费 修。 Bùguǎn nǐ shì shénme shíhòu mǎi de, wǒmen dōu kěyǐ miǎnfèi xiū.No matter when you bought it, we can repair it for you for free.

Used with Two Different Options

Structure

不管 + 是 + Option A + 还是 + Option B ,Subj. + 都 ⋯⋯

不管 + Verb / Adj. + 不 + Verb / Adj. ,Subj. + 都 ⋯⋯

Examples

  • 不管 是 国际 幼儿园 还是 本地 幼儿园 ,学费 很 贵 。Bùguǎn shì guójì yòu'éryuán háishì běndì yòu'éryuán, xuéfèi dōu hěn guì.No matter it's an international kindergarten or a local one .
  • 不管 你 是 中国人 还是 外国人 , 必须 遵守 中国 的 法律 。Bùguǎn nǐ shì Zhōngguó rén háishì wàiguó rén, dōu bìxū zūnshǒu Zhōngguó de fǎlǜ.Whether you're Chinese or foreigners, you must abide by the law.
  • 不管 你 喜 不 喜欢 , 要 接受 。Bùguǎn nǐ xǐ bù xǐhuān, dōu yào jiēshòu.No matter you like it or not, you need to accept it.
  • 不管 你们 同 不 同意 ,我 要 去 。Bùguǎn nǐmen tóng bù tóngyì, wǒ dōu yào qù.No matter you agree or disagree, I'm going there.
  • 不管 他们 承认 不 承认 ,这 是 事实 。Bùguǎn tāmen chéngrèn bù chéngrèn, zhè dōu shì shìshí.Whether you admit it or not, it's the truth.

Used with Adjectives

Structure

不管 + 多 + Adj., Subj. + 都 ⋯⋯

Examples

  • 不管 多 贵 ,我 要 买 。Bùguǎn duō guì, wǒ dōu yāo mǎi.No matter how expensive it is, I'm buying it.
  • 不管 多 远 ,我 要 跟 你 一起 去 。Bùguǎn duō yuǎn, wǒ dōu yào gēn nǐ yīqǐ qù.No matter how far it is, I'm going with you.
  • 不管 多 难 , 不 能 放弃 。Bùguǎn duō nán, dōu bùnéng fàngqì.No matter how difficult it is, you can't give up.
  • 不管 我 穿 得 多 好看 ,他 不 看 我 一眼 。Bùguǎn wǒ chuān dé duō hǎokàn, tā dōu bù kàn wǒ yīyǎn.No matter how well-dressed I am, he doesn't take a look at me.
  • 不管 孩子 多 淘气 ,父母 不 应该 打 他们 。Bùguǎn háizi duō táoqì, fùmǔ dōu bù yīnggāi dǎ tāmen.No matter how their children misbehave, parents shouldn't hit them.

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