Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

There are four ways to say “It doesn’t matter” in English and we’ll show you how to use all of them today.

It doesn’t matter which one you choose but you should start to experiment with at least a few of these today.

“I’m writing to you because I have a vocabulary question. I often hear people saying “regardless” I understand the meaning of the word itself but I don’t know how to use it. Could you elaborate on the meaning for us? Thanks”

-AEE Listener


What does “regardless” mean?

It means “despite” and it means “it doesn’t matter.”

This can be used in spoken English but we use it more in written English.



  • “Regardless of what my mother suggested I do, I decided to do things my own way and I learned the hard way.”
  • “Everyone said she should stay home but she went regardless.”

**Remember that “regardless” can be placed at the beginning or at the end of a sentence and it means the same thing.


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Phrases that mean the same thing as “regardless”:

  • “Even so”
    • “It’s a hot day but I want to go shopping with you even so.”
  • “Either way”
    • “Our friendship might be challenged but we’re going to stay friends either way.”
    • “I’m not sure if I’ll be free on Tuesday or Thursday but we’ll see each other either way.”
  • “No matter”
    • “No matter what happens between us we’re still going to be friends.”

Go out and try to use some of these new vocabulary phrases that all mean “it doesn’t matter.”

Listen to the episode at 9:19 to hear how these are used in a real conversation with Lindsay and Michelle.

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