Cualquier and cualquiera can be quite confusing, and a lot of people aren’t sure what the difference is. “Is cualquier masculine and cualquiera feminine?” I’ve heard people ask. Unfortunately not, but it’s not s confusing as you might think it’s going to be.
This article looks into and explains the differences between cualquier and cualquiera, so hopefully this will help clear up any uncertainties that you may have. Once you learn the rules, cualquier and cualquiera become a lot clearer and you should hopefully know how to use them. Let’s start with cualquier.
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Cualquier is slightly easier to remember as the rules are pretty simple:
Cualquier is an adjective and it always comes before a noun. It basically means any.
Vería cualquier película
I would watch any film
Cualquier camisa te queda bien
Any shirt suits you
Imp: It doesn’t change with the gender of a noun, so if you have a feminine noun like falda, it’s still cualquier. That’s because cualquiera has a different meaning which we will look at now.
Use one of cualquiera
Cualquiera can be an adjective that comes after a noun to signify ‘any old’.
No quiero quedar con un chico cualquiera
I don’t want to hang out with any old boy
No conduzco un coche cualquiera, conduzco un Ferrari
I don’t drive any old car, I drive a Ferrari
Use two of cualquiera
Cualquiera can also act as a noun to signify anyone or anything.
No es exclusivo, cualquiera puede venir
It’s not exclusive, anyone can come
¿Quieres la manzana o la naranja? – Cualquiera
Do you want the apple or the orange? Any
One of the best ways to reinforce your new knowledge is to practise it. So we’ve prepared six questions for you to try out your new knowledge about the differences between cualquier and cualquiera. You can find the answers are at the bottom, let us know in the comments below how many you managed to get right.
- No tengo una preferencia, viviría en _______ barrio
- No es una falda ________, es de Gucci
- Mi hermano quedaría con _________
- ______ libro está bien
- Quiero ver Juegos de Tronos pero si lo has mirado, veré ______ series
- Este examen es muy fácil, ________ podría aprobarlo
- ________ que sepa la respuesta puede responder
If you want to watch this in action then check out this video that explains the differences between cualquier and cualquiera in Spanish! The information in the video is very similar to what we have here but the narration is all in Spanish which could be very useful for your Spanish listening skills as well as your understanding of Spanish grammar.
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