How to use cualquier/cualquiera

How to use cualquier/cualquiera

Cualquiera

Can be translated as "any", "any of them". Usually, it's in response to a selection of options and it doesn't go before noun (it's a pronoun).

Example:

  • ¿Qué tipo de lápiz necesitas?
  • Cualquiera está bien.

What type of pencil do you need?
Any (of them) is good.

Also, it can mean "any person" or "anybody"

Example:

  • Cualquiera podría hacer eso
    Anybody could do that

Cualquier

This one can also be translated as "any" but always before another word, a noun. We can also translate it as "whichever".

Examples:

  • Cualquier niño debe pasar tiempo fuera

Any kid must spend time outside.

  • Cualquier problema que tengas tiene solución

Whichever problem you have it has solution.

  • Cualquier coche será suficiente

Any car/whichever car will be enough.


Practice:

Choose between "cualquier" and "cualquiera"

1- __________ necesita descansar.
Anybody needs to rest.

2- No importa, ________ hora es buena.
It doesn't matter, any time is good.

3- ¿Tienes un boli? ________ me vale
Do you have a pen? Any (of them) will do.

4- ________ trabajo será suficiente para él.
Any job will be enough for him.

5- Sales con __________.
You go out with anybody.

6- Tengo varios tés, ¿qué te apetece? - Me gusta _______.
I have various teas, what do you fancy? - I like any.

Solution: cualquiera/cualquier/cualquiera/cualquier/cualquiera/cualquiera

Hope you got to know this word better!
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