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"Não pode ser um carro qualquer."

Translation:It can't be just any car.

June 27, 2013



"uma coisa qualquer" does this translate to "just any thing"?


I didnt see that the same as duo. "It cant be any car" = não pode ser qualquer carro. "It cant be just another car" = não pode ser um carro qualquer. There is a difference in meaning."just any thing" = qualquer coisa. Just another thing = apenas uma coisa qualquer


If you know of a site where this is written up nicely, please let us know. Otherwise I will try to write it up as much as I can and then somehow discuss it with you. This topic of algum / cada|todo / nenhum / qualquer and their negations and synonyms (with the more or less matching english expressions and the peculiarities of both) deserves at least a nice table with annotations.



If you mean "not any car (at all)", it's certainly "nenhum carro".

  • Não pode ser nenhum carro/carro nenhum (yes, with double negation) = It can't be any car (at all)
  • Não pode ser qualquer carro/um carro qualquer = It can't be just any car (, it must be a special car).


It seems like the idiomatic translation would be "It can't be any old car."

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