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  • Hi. I'm Rebecca from In today's lesson, you'll learn how to use a common expression

  • used by many English speakers, and that is the expression: "No matter", with some other

  • words. So, what does this mean? When we say: "No matter", something, it means it doesn't

  • matter, but... Okay? You'll understand more as we look at the very many examples that

  • I've put on the board, because there are so many ways that we can use this expression.

  • Okay? Let's get started.

  • "No matter when you arrive, call me." Okay? So, what happens here is that we use:

  • "No matter", with one of these many words. Okay? And also, something to keep in mind

  • is in this first part of the expression-right?-you want to use the present tense, and not the

  • future tense. Even though we're talking about the future, but when we have a conditional

  • word like that, then we just use the present tense in that part of the sentence. So we

  • say: "No matter when you arrive", not: "No matter when you will arrive". "No matter when

  • you arrive, call me."

  • Next: "No matter what you think, he's a nice person."

  • "No matter who calls, tell them I'm out."

  • "No matter which city you live in, there are problems."

  • "No matter where you go, you meet friendly people."

  • "No matter how you feel, you should call them."

  • "No matter how much I do, it's never enough." Oh, some people feel like that. Many people

  • feel like that sometimes. Next:

  • "No matter how many times we tell her, she doesn't listen."

  • "No matter how often I warn them, they keep gambling."

  • "No matter how hard it is, don't give up." Okay?

  • Now, you see the very many ways in which we can use this expression, and you can see in

  • the last one that we said "how hard". So you could use all kinds of adjectives here. "No

  • matter how hard", "No matter how kind he is", "No matter how generous they are". You could

  • say: "No matter how tired you are, you should go to their house." or whatever. Okay? So

  • there's no limit here to the number of variations that you can use with the expression:

  • "No matter". And again, "No matter" means it doesn't matter

  • when you arrive, call me; it doesn't

  • matter what you think, he's a nice person. It's just a short way of expressing that-okay?-idea.

  • Now, there's also one other thing I want to point out to you. Usually, it's like this.

  • Usually, "No matter" is at the beginning, but sometimes we change the order a little

  • bit. For example: "Call me when you return, no matter what time."

  • or: "no matter what time it is". Okay? So you see here, "No matter", has jumped

  • to the second part of the sentence. And that's okay, because here, the person wants to emphasize

  • this part: "Call me", okay?

  • And a last example: "I'll always love you, no matter what!"

  • Okay? I hope you love somebody so much that you have the opportunity to use that expression.

  • Okay, so if you'd like to do some more practice on this, go to our website:,

  • and you can also subscribe to my YouTube channel and get lots more lessons like this one.

  • Thanks very much. Bye for now.

Hi. I'm Rebecca from In today's lesson, you'll learn how to use a common expression

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Learn English: "No matter..."

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    Sam posted on 2015/05/01
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