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When do we use "bon" and "bien"?

September 13, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/John_982

-There are only 5 situations to use "bon"

1 To talk about sensual pleasures
Cette soupe est très bonne This soup is very good ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 2 To say something is correct (or incorrect)
Vous vous êtes trompés monsieur, ce n’est pas le bon ticket You made a mistake sir, this isn’t the right ticket ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 3 To say something is enough
Vous voulez du sucre avec votre café ? Non c’est bon merci Do you want sugar with your coffee? No, it’s fine thanks ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 4 To say someone is good at something
C’est un bon prof He is a good teacher ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5 “Bon” used as a noun
Even though it’s most often used as an adjective, “bon” is also a noun: “le bon” or “la bonne” if feminine.


-6 situations to use "bien"

1 To express how you feel
This is a common mistake French learners make. Since you say “I feel good” in English, it’s tempting to say “Je me sens bon”. But you can’t, you should say “je me sens bien”. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 2 To express satisfaction
If you’re satisfied with something or someone, you can use “bien” to express it ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 3 To say you like/dislike something or someone
................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 4 To say really
“Bien” is used before some adjectives to intensify their meaning. In this case, it means “really”. Il est bien moche ce nouveau bâtiment. This new building is really ugly ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 5 Before a verb to say something is good
................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 6 Bien as a noun
“Le bien” means “the good”. That’s a rather formal term that is mainly used in a legal context.


Hope it helped -John

September 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Usually, bon is an adjective and bien is an adverb.

http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/bon-bien.htm

September 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Yes and no. Bon can be used as an adverb: Il fait bon - in reference to the weather.
Bien can be used as an adjective: Tu es très bien en jupe. - "You look very nice in a skirt."
Also both can be nouns and interjections, amongst other uses.

September 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

Thanks, I add "usually" plus a link to more info.

September 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/StacyInColorado

As in "good" vs. "well." He sings well; he is a good singer

September 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Epoxy34

Here's a nice article that I think may help you http://bit.ly/1PB9mgz

September 15, 2016
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