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Do you sometimes omit "what" in the "No matter what + noun ~" structure? I came across one, and I want to make sure the omission is acceptable.

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There should be "what", "where", "how" etc. after "no matter":

You use no matter in expressions such as 'no matter how' and 'no matter what' to say that something is true or happens in all circumstances (from the Collins Dictionary).

Examples:

No matter what your age, you can lose weight by following this program.

No matter how often they were urged, they could not bring themselves to join in.

Jenkins would reward all investors, no matter when they made their investment.

BUT if after "no matter" there is just a noun or a noun phrase, then we can use "no matter" without any question words:

  • No matter the age, a child is a child.
  • No matter the condition, this jacket is my treasured possession.

Note that it would be incorrect to say No matter often they were urged... BUT you it's OK to say No matter what your age (is) or No matter your age, ... (because there is a noun phrase after "no matter", there is no verb, or there can be the verb to be but it's omitted).

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  • mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/…
    – Nofear
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 6:14
  • So, "No matter your role, ~" is not grammatical, right?
    – Nofear
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 6:15
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    @Nofear yeah, good point. See my edited answer.
    – Enguroo
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 8:14

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