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"Are you doing well?"

Translation:Ça va bien ?

March 7, 2013

449 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hanxiongshi

why not "es-tu bien"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

"es-tu bien ?" means "are you comfortable?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tigerbread99

What about faites-vous bien? I didn't get point :( Google translate lied to me D:


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greatlanguages

Google translator is only good for literal translations so many times will not give the correct answer. I would avoid using it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichelLemo932387

"Vas-tu bien ?" is accepted (2019/11/20)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

"Faites-vous bien ?" is grammatically correct, but you would not say it to mean "are you doing well?" with the meaning of "are you working well?" .

It would need an object, like "Faites-vous bien vos devoirs ?" (are you doing you homework well?)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LollyLu03

Thats what madame my french teacher says


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tigerbread99

but is faites-vous bien? correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chessmaster456

Why are you using google translate? You're supposed to be learning on your own.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JumainahRa

it's okay to use google translate but you just shouldn't be dependant on it. It isnt a dictionary nor does it work in the same way, so for learning a new language it is only really good for learning specific words or terms, not necessarily for sentences. Hope that helps :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blodrodwolfgorl

Cuz,nerd,we are language learners so bugg off and shut up lol or i will execute you and hack and delete ur account so let us be!

Princess wolfgorl


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperGirlz1

It lied to me too


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kasSey690295

stop cheating, lol.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Feyne2

How about tu vas bien? Could ca va bien be said as tu vas bien? Thanks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kasSey690295

yes, thats the answer I wrote and it is correct. Not Awesome but I got a 'great'. Its better than being wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maidah431249

Thats what i thought


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanM.34042

That's ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ stupid. Literally word for word and they change the meaning. Why they gotta be difficult? -.-


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SerenityScratch

because you can't compare another language's logic to another


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kewin208950

I think a true French person would understand it, in real conversation it could be acceptable you know what I mean?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/komalpawar0

Yeah i also thought the same way!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bo6dvt

VA TU BIEN IS CORRECT WHEN USING THE TU FORM


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

No it isn't. Check the tu form of the verb.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThadO

I was "close". Ça va bien ? is not quite the same as Ça va bien? (Say what?) Does the space really matter?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

The French add a space before ; ? ! and : Just a printing convention.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ugobest1

Pls What's the difference between "Tu Vas bien?" and "Ça va bien?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

First you are asking if the person is going (doing) well. Second you are asking if it (life) is going well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Garett742611

Thats the same question...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Athethereal

I think when you say "Ca va bien" it is only when talking about yourself?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robloxlegend111

one is how are you and the other is I am good


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NoOneLovesMe

At my college newspaper we use to add 2 spaces after a period more for aesthetics. English speaker/American


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/msinykin

Me too, but using 2 spaces after a period is from the days of typewriters that had fixed width characters, so the period was centered within a pretty large gap. The two spaces helped to make the sentence breaks clearer. This is not how things were ever typeset, nor is it needed with modern computers that use variable width characters. So in this case it was a workaround for a fairly primitive printing device, rather than a printing convention, as it apparently is in French.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElinDuffy

Wow. Merci beaucoup. Thats interesting


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Victors_amazing

Wow you're showing your age :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EvieVK

NoOneLovesMe.... Are you really hated by evryone... Cuz u deserve it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/66shivjain

Obviously, it is French!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joy21cefr

I find it difficult


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Destroyer122

Another answer is Ca va? with the c accent


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Galle643361

The c accent (ç) is called a cédille


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MahsaNasir1

hi what's your name?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lawofthegreen

For “Are you doing well?” I answered with: Ça vas bien? I was told that was wrong. The reason I was given was this: You used the tu form "vas" instead of the il/elle/on form "va". Can someone explain why we use the il/elle/on form when we are trying to say “you”, not he/she/it. The correct solutions were: Ça va bien? And: Ça va bien ? (this last one just has a space between bien and the question mark). I hope someone can understand my confusion.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

In the sentence "ça va bien", the subject is "ça", short version of "cela" which is 3rd person singular, like "it/that".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lawofthegreen

Ohhh! Thanks Sitesurf. Now another question: I'm not familiar with "cela" (yet). Is it similar to c'il y a?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

No, "s'il y a..." means "if there is..." where the <s'> is contracted from "si" (=if).

To understand "ceci" and "celà", you may to start with the literal translation: ceci = this thing here and celà = that thing there):

  • this is longer than that = ceci est plus long que celà

As in English, "ceci/this/here" is closer to you in time or space and "celà/that/there" is further in time or space.

In speech, "celà" is simplified as "ça" but "ceci" is never simplified.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/m.tastic

Is "celà" used when writing, or "ça"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marg856767

Ca=it, va= go, bien=good, so does the literal translation mean "It goes well?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/modspyder

Please correct me if I'm wrong, but "ca va bien?" Means "Is it going well?" rather than "How are you doing?" hence the third-person form of aller (forgive the lack of a cedille, my phone can't type those, need a new keyboard)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blutach

Literally you may be right, but colloquially ça ba bien? is ok.

By the way, on most phones, accented characters may be obtained by holding down the letter for a while and moving to the desired character. So press down on the c for a bit to get c with a cedilla etc.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

ça va bien = impersonal (ça = like "it", 3rd person singular)

Tu vas bien = personal, 2nd person singular


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/UnathiLwan

I used "comment ça va?" And I was marked as correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

Perhaps you missed the question mark. If you missed it, you made an exclamation rather than asking a question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adetutu313528

I was marked wrong and the correction was "tu vas bien"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Miss.Chatterbox.

Tbh sorry I just started and have no clue with all these forms... :(


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

The verb is aller, which is an irregular verb. The form with Ça is va; with tu it is vas.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melsin

why not ...comment ca va, bien


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

"comment ça va, bien" has the question and the answer in it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greatlanguages

Yes, but to me it does mean: "How are you doing? well? That is what the comma is for. I agree that "Comment ca va bien" without a comma (and with the circumflex which I can't type here...) would be incorrect.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

In this case, you have to put the "?".

Comment ça va? Bien? (or: Bien j'espère? ) Yes, it's correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MylaC

It says it could also be translated as "Vas-tu bien?" This has never been covered in the lessons. What's the diff?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CWKCA

I tried that and was told that it was wrong.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NiaMontalv

Ça va is used for a lot of things- so confusing!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

No "ça va" is only used for health (I'm fine), or to mean, "it's ok", like in this example:

-How is your pupil's work today?
-ça va/ ça peut aller.

-Do you think my drawing is ok? -oui, ça va!

It's not very enthusiastic here...

The confusion, is because they didn't teach "Comment ça va?" and "Comment allez-vous?" before teaching "ça va bien" and "ça va".

Let's try to start again...

The proper formal form is "Comment allez-vous?"/ "Comment vas-tu?"

Then, the informal form use the impersonal "ça" instead of the pronoun "vous" and "tu". Comment ça va? is more informal, because of that pronoun replacement.

Then, an even more informal form is "ça va?", shortened for of "Comment ça va?"

Then "ça va?" can become "ça va bien?, because you take the reply, to turn it as a question (a very informal way to ask question, even in English: it's ok?)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pianoforteh

The correct answer was : 'Allez -vous bien' Duolingo hasn't taught me that yet, what does it mean?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jacin599777

Why is comment ça va not accepted?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Redism

I am confused as well. The answer is apperantly Tu vas bien? Which I haven't been taught yet smh


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LLawlipop101

Why is it not ca va bien? Vas-tu-bien hasn't appeared as far as I know..


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dalealremo

Êtes-vous bien ? (Why not?)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Abby44309

whats the diferents to va and vas, my question was are you doing well, so i put tu va bien, but its tu vas bien. Can someone explain, merci!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aju15

bon and bien both mean good, so why can't we use ca va bon?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aju15

thanks...that was helpful!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Onyema1

I am wondering why too?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

"Bien" is an adverb (well), and "Bon"/"Bonne" is an adjective, (good). To mean how is the health of someone, use "well" (bien), because the adjerb modifies the meaning of the verb.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

you need an adverb to describe a verb. Bon is an adjective.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hermesetathena

Allez-vous bien is correct, it is a more formal phrase, but it means exactly the same thing : Allez-vous bien or ça va bien.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuniorPola5

Ça va? Would work informally as well.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MrManiac5

Why it isn't Comment ça va?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YusraQurou

I dont have acents


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jollyroger69

Interesting how when you answer some questions correctly program gives you the exact same answer you provided as an alternate answer/ sharp software or programmer!!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GiovannaContu

It's probably because you wrote ça va bien? And with a space ça va bien ? Is a printing convention in France


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maram_967

can i say comment vas bien tu?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

No, you can't. In form of a joke, some people say "comment vas-tu bien ?" where the answer is in the question...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

Comment vas-tu? Or Comment ça va? But you can't put "bien" in the question, except in "ça va bien?" (that is more a statement turned into a question, that a real proper question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

No because it would mean How goes well you?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

And Ça va bien ? literally means It goes well?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryLea11

Okay, I wrote 'vas bien' - which I know for a fact is colloquially correct. Grrrrr.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MsNiaL

why can't it be "est-ce que tu vas bein?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LunaPTuna

Sorry, but in common usage "ça va bien?" has the same sense as "are you doing well?" and should be accepted


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zineeta

Mine said ca ba bien was correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fluffychicken

I was not taught the second answer to this question


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarieParle

I haven't lerned this yet!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoshuaRangel

Bonjour What are the differences between Allez-vous bien? and Ça va bien?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Patrice34700

Translation: Ca va bien I am fine and Are you doing well?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blutach

One is asked with a questioning voice, with the end of the sentence going up in intonation. This is a perfectly acceptable way to ask a question in French (and English).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gracedol

what's wrong with saying 'Tu as bien?' its the same thing right?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tiann

Bienvenue means "welcome"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Miss.Chatterbox.

Cant it be a simple "comment ca va?"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbbieLucky

I haitan it means good not well?!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AhakabareG

Why not, are you fine?. Some one help please. Thanks


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/abhiansh2

Why not comment ca va


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ben323693

I have not lerned this yet ):


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tawhida6

Hack look at the capital for how to begin


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/omer497318

Question demands translation but right answer is demanding reply.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/STU-Myrand

it's kinda hard to know when u use the dash under the E


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DEAD_SKULLXX

There is two of the same answer


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlisiaLash

Does ca va mean 'i am doing' or 'are you doing' ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tiann

Both, confusingly. Haha! "Ça va" as a statement means "I'm (doing) fine". "Ça va?" as a question means "How are you (doing)?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wilson.Wendy

How do you type the accent for ca?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Wilson.Wendy

How do you type the accent under ca?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tiann

If you hold down the "c" you should get a mini menu with "ç" as an option.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hermesetathena

Translation more formal "Allez-vous bien ?" Not accepted, why? It is really French.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/David888991

My first miss...oops


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BlinkoPlayhouse

I almost put down "Oui" in response. Oh my god I'm dumb


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MitchellKa767530

Ca not Ce, my mistake!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmarachiAn3

Why can't you say comment ca va being


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tiann

This exercise has a defect. The fill-in-the-blank ones do not bring up the keyboard so it is impossible for me to complete the sentences. I could, however, bring up my clipboard so I was able to paste in that nonsense and so proceed, but with an incorrect answer. Because of that I an not allowed to complete the exercise.


[deactivated user]

    Why not as tu?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joannemorton

    Why Tu vas bien? I haven't seen this before, then your answer says Ça va bien?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/anofficalcowboy

    I am so confused is it Are you well or I am well?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoieB54

    Well, that's funny - the translation here shows "Ça va bien," but that is marked wrong when you're going through the exercises, and it shows "Tu vas bien" as the correct answer. Grrrr


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oscar477001

    Why is not ça va bien ? If they are puting lyke this ?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oscar477001

    This is a ps of cht


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanM.34042

    So another way of saying


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonathanM.34042

    So another way of saying "Ça va bien" is "Tu vas bien"???????


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/am5a03
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    The answer shows "Tu vas bien"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Geeapaprika

    how is comment ça va different from tu vas bien?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Geeapaprika

    how is comment ça va different from tu vas bien


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Geeapaprika

    how is comment ça va different from tu vas bien?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NelsonCule

    What about comment ça va? Or is it a literal translation?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/widyalukita

    So what is the correct translation for "are you doing well?", is it "ca va bien?" or "tu vas bien?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maltir

    But the hint says straight up "ça va bien"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rBDhV

    I typed ca va bien? And it said that's wrong and Should be tu va bien!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diane142982

    Dont remember going ovet Tu vas bien, it was new to me.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bil406352

    I haven't learnt this phrase until stage 4. I thought it would teach me before


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LunaCeline1

    why not "tu ça va bien"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavetteB

    I used the words it gave me "ça va bien" (they are in bubbles so you can't add punctuation), they answer above^^^ says the same thing, but I was marked Incorrect - should be "Tu ça va bien?" Why the incorrect mark?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavetteB

    I meant to say it said "Tu va bien?" ... still why?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DavetteB

    So confused, but I gave the answer it told me so I wouldn't lose anymore health.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blah702766

    Why would tu es bien mean are you comfortable? Doesnt es mean are?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GeronimoCa577461

    I dont know answer i have been away for 3 weeks


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SilverWolves108

    why not "comment vas tu"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scarherondale

    Why wasn't "Comment ça va?" correct? I was marked wrong.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kvargm

    Duolingo is giving me an incorrect and says the correct is tu vas bien?? get your languages straight jajajajaja


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/michel367751

    Je ne suis pas trop d' accord avec cette manière de traduire les interrogations . La bonne traduction serait : "Allez vous bien ? " Dans une phrase interrogative il y a inversion du sujet et du verbe . C'est systématique dans la langue écrite ...

    Effectivement, dans la langue parlée cette inversion ce fait rarement , mais l' interrogation est donnée par l' intonation , par exemple , par écrit et toujours " allez vous bien ? ", ou " vas tu bien ? " en langue parlée " vous allez bien " ou "tu vas bien ? " l' interrogation sera donnée par l' intonation avec un léger sur- aigüe sur le dernier mot


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emanuell694179

    Tu vas bien was accepted. I didn't have the options of neither ça nor va.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emanuell694179

    "Tu vas bien" was accepted. I didn't have the options of neither ça nor va.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dr.Null

    So it can be "Ça va bien?" Or "Tu vas bien?"


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cristi815926

    what is the difference between ca va and vas?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SusanWrigh233402

    Vas has not been introduced yet, how would I know it is part the answer?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/turtel18

    Can it be 'tu vous bien'?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NirDavidAl

    why isn't it ca va bien ? why is it tu vas bien ? it is asking are u okay meaning plural?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alena924018

    The option ca va bien wasnt available and im still new to french so i had no idea what to do.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shaquille123

    If "ça va bien" is "are you doing well" then what's wrong with "tu va bien" can anyone explain this. Please.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChefMarcel

    Comment ça va? should be approved, Nobody ever says, "are you doing well", its a literal translation of "ça va bien" which you do say in French, not in English but should be translated as, "how are you", etc, etc...


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/chantal566438

    :) :} Gros nul vous êtes tous bêtes car moi j ai 6 ans et je connais super bien le français


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tyleah478577

    mine translated to something else, not ca va bien


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PawanAlmig

    I was taught, "Ça Va bien" up until now(on Duo), but that wasn't given as option here. I had use Google Translate which suggested "Tu vas bien?" As an answer. Can somebody te me the difference between the two? (Vas on its own meant 'going', idk what is happening)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EgeErnem

    Why not "ça va bien"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EgeErnem

    Why not "ça va bien"?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KILLAKINGZ

    I feel like the hearts make this more stressful and not as fun if you didn't have them because you focuse more on the hearts not the actual thing so its harder to learn it.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/i.t.chy

    Why cant i say "comment ça va ?" Isnt that the same thing?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Allymacbel

    Why is it not 'Tu es bien?'


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aarchi20

    difference between ca va bien nd tu vas bien


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuniorPola5

    Vous is the proper pronoun to learn first since you need to be formal when speaking.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AaronCharl381076

    Is something wrong with putting "Es tu bein?" The meaning is almost the same.


    [deactivated user]

      Comment ca va


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amharris1962

      "Ça" and "va" tiles were not there.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NyahQuarte

      Honestly i don't think they should put two suggestions ( one being a question and the iyher just in general) because it can become confusing.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarojiniVa1

      What's the meaning of 'vas', pls tell.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Donald798622

      I would use "Comment ca va" with appropriate accent.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathan305243

      Why is it "va" instead of "vas"? Isn't "vas" the correct conjugation?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Debbie688206

      ca va bien? is that incorrect?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AJC9Im

      Why not ca va bein?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TianaMorae3

      Doesn't vas mean to go?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Naina839457

      it should be write


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kat636773

      What does Vas mean?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kgKaB

      Va and vas, ta and ton, sa and son, ma and mon. What is the diffrence?!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheNameIsJessyca

      Why would this be "tu vas bien" and not "tu ça va bien"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iam_ban

      Why is "Es-tu vas bien?" incorrect?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teck71864

      Va is what verb? If I know that, I will know how does Tu has 'vas' and not 'es'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Akorede18

      What's the difference between ca and ce


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ferrie322

      Chot i dit va not vas


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jessica98197

      why is it tu vas bien and not ca va bien or something?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teun329779

      I haven't heard the word 'vas' how was I supossed to fill in a word witch I haven't heard or seen prior to this


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

      I used "tu vas bien" - which was marked as correct.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/millie362357

      All you ask in this lesson is comment ça va and suddenly you want tu vas bien? For heaven's sake, they mean the same thing!!!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SJB963979

      Is there a glitch in the system. It say tu vas bien though I click into here and above the answer is ca va bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eduardo753951

      What about ça vas bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ramram14

      The ward" are" has two ways to write Sont .. es What is the differences in use


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

      The verb être means to be. In French this, and all other verbs, are conjugated into six different forms for each tense depending on the subject. In English verbs normally have only two conjugations for each tense, but to be has three: I am, you are and he/she/it is.

      The French verb être in present tense indicative:

      Je suis=I am

      Tu es=You are (singular informal form of you)

      Il/elle/on est=He/it/she/it/one is

      Nous sommes=We are

      Vous êtes=You are (singular formal and plural informal/formal form of you)

      Ils/elles sont=They are

      Since English and French do not conjugate the same way is this a difficult thing to grasp and to remember. A good advice is not to learn the subject and verb form apart ("Je"="I") but as a unit ("Je suis"="I am"). This way you will know when to use which "are" when.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bJ3251

      AabLevellen are you a teacher? Are you Norwegian like me?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CochiCarrie

      I couldn't get the pronunciation of bien :(


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

      bee-en, with "en" as a nasal sound, like in the article "un". http://fr.forvo.com/word/bien/#fr


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/claudian99

      why not "comment ca va bien? " why cant i put the bien????????????


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

      If I back translate it: "how are you fine?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/silp3h

      So many variations of "are you doing well?" "How are you?" "Are things good?" Etc. I am so lost and ended up using "ça va ?" Or "ça va bien ?" For everything.. :(


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tlesat

      I living in France now and people say ''tu vas bien?'' instead of ''vas tu bien?''. Why??? :) Maybe they didn't know about duolingo...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MichealTwi

      The words I had to choose from on this weren't the correct answer


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tom.putnam

      "Allez vous bien" works as well.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shreysethi1

      What is vas? And what is the literal meaning of bien in english?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Simona_St

      Hi, why is "Comment vas-tu" correct and not "Comment tu-vas " like in Joe Dassin's song : "Salut, comment tu vas?" :)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IMDAMIEN

      I typed "tout va bien?" but it gave me error...I guess that's not the "literal" translation...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/colmcilleCarbe

      i said ça va instead of ça va bien


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/colmcilleCarbe

      should that be allowed


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryLea11

      I'm not French, but I've lived and worked in France, and taught English as a foreign language to French speakers - in my opinion that should be allowed. (I'm finding this site very good at brushing up my many spelling errors.)

      Technically it is closer to 'how goes it' or 'how are you' than 'are you doing well.' But I have to say, I've heard your version far more often than the other.

      It could be that they are trying to teach you a construction in this case, (the inverted verb pronoun as a way of asking a question) which will be useful further down the line, but just so you know - if you said this in France everyone would know you were asking after their well being. Don't be discouraged! Duolingo are very good at enforcing grammar rules without you noticing, and I think that is what has happened here.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NerdyJock

      Why not "faites-vous bien"? Is that too literal translation?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

      Your translation is grammatically correct, but "faites-vous bien ?" does not inquire about somebody's health but whether or not that person is actually doing/making something the right way.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AKshenfre7

      we shall never know


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/enstymr

      ı DONT UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF 'ARE U DOING WELL?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NerdyJock

      1) caps lock = shouting; 2) the expression is in proper English, but is hardly used anymore, at least where I live


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AniFilcheva

      what is the difference between Vas-tu bien? and Tu vas bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BonBonChat

      Why comment ca va bien wouldn't work ??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryLea11

      Good question. With inflection (going up at the end) it would work perfectly well in colloquial speech (though technically it means 'it goes well.' You would be more correct and better understood, however, if you said something like 'va-tu bien?' or even 'tu va bien?' as a rhetorical question. Duolinguo can't afford to cover every single permutation of an answer though - there can be literally dozens. They're trying to teach the precise grammar. But don't feel bad - as I said, your reply would be understood. (I know that my level isn't reflected on here, but I do speak good French, having lived and worked there three years.)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LopezTav

      I don't know the word "Vas" why appears?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

      to be doing well means to be healthy, to feel fine.

      In French, to say the same thing, you have to use the verb "aller":

      • vas-tu bien ? - est-ce que tu vas bien ? - tu vas bien ? are the 3 interrogative forms (from formal to standard to colloquial)
      • allez-vous bien ? - est-ce que vous allez bien ? - vous allez bien ? are the 3 alternatives to translate "you" to the formal singular "vous" or the plural "vous".

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/atgtet

      Since 'Comment allez-vous?' is also correct, why not 'Comment allez-vous bien?'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

      Like "how are you doing fine?" - "how/comment" is a question that may not assume the answer.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hazani20

      "Vous êtes ça va" Pourquoi il n'existe pas?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LollyLu03

      Wait so why is the answer the answer it is?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LollyLu03

      Why is it not Ça va bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LollyLu03

      Why not comme ca va


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dlamb43

      Est-ce que tu vas bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sai_Sarath

      In the phone app it says " vous allez bien " can anyone explain


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maria.jeryes

      Is is right to say vous allez bein??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KittyKat109

      This was so confusing


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CypherLogy

      this is not confusing somewhat easy Mme.kittykat109


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bowen493051

      es tu bien means are you comfortable


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bowen493051

      "es-tu bien means are you comfortable?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brytansix

      So, in Montreal, they say "Ça bien?" Is that improper/colloquial?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fr292542

      how is ca va bien wrong????????? this is retarted like MJ


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/blutach

      It shouldn't be. Unless Duo got fed up with your lack of a cedilla accent (it has never done this to me). Or else, there is a spelling mistake. If not, report it.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cchloegee

      Why not vous-etes bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/siciIy

      I fail to see how "how are you" and "are you doing well" translate to the exact same thing. They may have a relatively similar meaning but one is a yes/no question and one isn't, and in terms of actual word structure they seem quite different.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tiann

      Isn't "How are you?" "Ça va?" and "Are you doing well?" "Ça va bien?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CaitlinsLanguage

      Why is it not acceptable to use "comment ça va bien" the same as "ça va bien"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

      that would mean, "how that goes well" - not what is required


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Catrin11908

      Yup, it marks 'comment ca va' as wrong...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zouskyhd

      Note: Just say comment ca va. It is more better


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AsifBalasinor

      Why not Comment ca va?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angel730283

      how about "comment tu va bien?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

      the correct form for tu is vas, not va. What you have said is a bad grammar version of "how you go well".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oscar477001

      The same sht ( WHY DUOLINGO IS PUTING ÇA VA BIEN . IF ITS WRONG ? ) PS OF SHT.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ColbyYork

      Wait, what is the correct answer? The forum top says Ça va bien? But my app says Tu vas bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jxoehoang

      My duolingo didnt even have the right options! Oy


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HeshamYous8

      Is "Tu ça va bien?" Wrong ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Halima113925

      When do you use Ca va bien and tu vas bien? Or are they the same and can be used at any time?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Halima113925

      When does one use ca va bien and tu vas bien? Or can they both be used interchangeably?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bendany

      Hey, I was taught Tu es ça va bien all along and now it's wrong? Bad.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TLH2020

      Why not Comment Ca Va?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deepanshi776378

      What's the difference between ca va and ce va


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OGLJ16

      Not difference because « ce va » is not French ! And (ca va) is bad « ça va » is good.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnweshMish4

      What does "Ça" in Ça va mean ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Donna-Wynn

      Ca va bien or tu vas bien. Which is correct?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OGLJ16

      Les deux, si tu écris « Ça va bien ? » avec la cédille et « Tu vas bien ? » avec la marque d’interrogation pour les deux. Sinon, ils ne signifient pas la même chose !


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angel487971

      I was marked wrong and the answer was "tu vas bien".. why?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mohamed670628

      Comment vas-tu, why it's not accepted


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Seye850581

      Why not es tu bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sakshivora1

      Why es tu bien wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sakshivora1

      What is the meaning of vas?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NidhiJoban

      "Comment ça va" is also correct


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/preet250785

      Im so confused regarding this!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NobleMuhammad

      Does "Ça va bien" mean both "How are you doing?" and "I'm doing good"? It's what Duolingo is teaching me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HamzaKhosh1

      What does vas mean


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeNoural

      tu vas bien means how are you? why did it say comment ca va is how are you?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Omayele

      Tu vas bien? Ca va bien?? I am lost.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KushKumar618294

      Unable to understand the meaning of tres


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ayah385241

      Why not ca va bien


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sameera11370

      Why "Tu ça va bien?" Is wrong??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JesseGaronP

      You are saying, "You it goes well" literally. Doesn't make much sense.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robloxlegend111

      I am 9 but it is not wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Keshpar

      Es is alright but what is the meaning of vas,


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PuneetBhak

      CA VA bien? =are you doing well? So why not - are you doing well means ca va bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YAMAyuly

      Tu vas bien. 2020.06.17正解でした


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FaithKauma

      im struggling how do you write Are you doing well in french


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nothinglmao

      Bruh I translated that then you'll tell me I'm wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cheechu10

      How many of you say that duolingo is useful? It is very usegul for me.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristineM727245

      Why not, 'Comment ça va.'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nikhil832024

      So "Ça va bien?" and "Tu vas bien?", Both work here? If yes, isn't that confusing?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shrutijha6

      Why not ta vas bien but tu vas bien??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Happy_Fairy

      I noticed that in lessons furthers on down the lesson tree it begins to teach a more proper way of saying things like this. Duo starts off extremely basic now then will get into what native french consider proper.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Allipri

      Why not "Faites-tu bien?" for "Are you doing well?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Junka20

      Tu ca va bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/66shivjain

      "Tu ca va bien?" is wrong. It should be "Tu vas bien?" or more commonly "Vas-tu bien?".


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesJacob583593

      Why not Tu ça va bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Slaninka_Speck

      Can't you do tu est bien? Like tu prends l'auto?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/____varshuu__

      What is actually vas?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.Uk5OVe

      I wasn't knowing about the word vas plzz explain


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jiya_1040

      Does ca and tu mean same?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NanaKesse1

      Is it correct to say "tu es bien " or "tu vas bien" and why? Thank you


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arooba866245

      Why not just -comment ça va- ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Briana872368

      What is the difference between comment ça va, and ça va bien ,and tu vais bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.cCde46

      Give ma a break im trying my best


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShUvoPatwa

      How can it be both affirmative and interrogative?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noreen549748

      Why not 'Tu es ça va bien'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Noreen549748

      And why not 'ça va bien?'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EatYourShitHoe

      ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Celestine798079

      What's the difference between bien and bon ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MisterPanda2233

      I'm really confused, I got this wrong, and Duolingo says the correct answer should be Tu vas bien? WTF?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marmarmero9

      what about saying comment ca va ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mvn942435

      Is "Tu vas bien " correct ??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andersxnn

      Ca va bien, merci beaucoup!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PrithuKuma

      Whats the difference between 'es' and 'vas'??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OGLJ16

      Ce sont deux verbes, (es) (tu es _ you are) est la conjugaison du verbe être (to be) et (vas) (tu vas _ you go) est la conjugaison du verbe aller (to go)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anushka429408

      I was not taught this one!


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/soccerkat1701

      I have never heard "tu va bien" before. Is that correct? I went through french immersion in school and we always just used "ca va?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnyaBhatt1

      This is way better


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmminiArji

      Why can't we use ça va bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mary491786

      Why not sa vas bien


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OGLJ16

      Parce que tu as fait des fautes ! « Ça va bien ? » is correct


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devshree1501

      Why here is not ça va bein?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashton591151

      Are you doing well


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShalviDala

      I can't understand questions


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaarthakMo

      I used - es tu bien? Because es = are Tu = you Why am i wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/saleh389320

      ca va bien,is also meaning,i am doing well?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Beatrizcv

      You should ask like " comment vas-tu? " Because is like you arent doing. A question


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LukeHeathc

      Needs more explaination


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/threemilk

      If I wanted to ask how you're doing could "comment tu vas" work?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tansel67

      Why not "Tu es bien" ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hannah166268

      Whats the difference between ta and tu?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hoseynipour

      What is difference between "ça va bien" and " tu vas bien"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthew330918

      What's the difference between Ça va bien and Tu vas bien?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.VaL31q

      What's wrong in 'tu es ça va bien?'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.VaL31q

      Why not tu es ça va bien??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TalkSs

      Comment vas tu


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elleeez

      hi, if anyone is willing to answer this : do french ppl still type w the accents like in 'ça' 'bientôt' etc when texting casually or do they just go w 'ca' 'bientot'? or does it just not matter lmao?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brittanycl554821

      Why not comment ça va bien


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mello0212

      Why not "Ça va" instead of "tu vas" ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JacintaMar174547

      Contact me for sexy photo- clarejacinta7@gmail.com


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kat859345

      Did we cover va, vas, etc? Im confused...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Omkar_Vernekar

      "Comment ça va" is correct


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wishknew

      Why not comment ça va?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ishtan_100

      My teacher told me that you can say "ça va ?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Devil_2411

      Why not va ca , ans is vas??


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.gUaJGj

      Can't i just say Comment ça va?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mariyum17

      When should we add 'comment' when asking how a person is?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RachelFds2000

      Why is comment allez vous not right ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/watermelonyumm

      Comment ça va=how are you doing? (Formal) Ça va bien/ça va= how are you? (Casual)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DebolinaMa8

      what it is not cava bien


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AvreenChaw

      Why tu vas bien? What is vas?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shetty.ach

      why's there no Ca?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hey0_dannyhere17

      I haven't practiced French in 2 years. I forgot about the grammar, lololol


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.L2J2wh

      What is the meaning of "vas" ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rose117715

      Why is "Comment ça va?" not correct?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.vFeQMT

      This one is little difficult for me


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdilMotiwa

      This is fun but difficult


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.ORN8Fg

      Can anyone explain pls because I didn't understand


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jdragone

      Why "Tu vas" as opposed to "tu es"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melissawil620985

      Why not 'comment ça va?'


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/melissawil620985

      Why not, 'Comment ça va?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maxwell491094

      Why was i marked wrong with

      Êtes vous ça va ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cXKG7

      I wrote 'tu es bien' why isnt it right? And i didnt learn ''VAS''


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saloonnee

      Why not "comment ça va"?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alex.R.J

      You did not show this in lessons first and now youre asking about it. how am i supposed to know it?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AKSHAT4904V

      You haven't taught me about this and gave the question,why? Please check it next time


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShubhraSin862942

      Why not "tu ca va bien ?"


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ManyaArora648142

      What do you mean by vas


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Baran427964

      Can we not with cest-que?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vansh373411

      Tell meanig of the words before asking questions


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ph.3gwPhW

      Why not ca va instead of vas


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Manmohit6

      I can understand the difference in ça va?, es-tu bien and tu vas bien


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShadowDemonBlade

      I uses va instead why is this wrong


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ifueko5

      Why is "Tu es bien" wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jessica879726

      I put ça vas bien and it said i was wrong but when you click the underlined phrase it shows that as an option


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wiltrud607387

      How do I put the accent on the c for ca va?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LukeHastin4

      Comment ça va ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sam178263

      Es tu ca va bien??? Why is this not right. Tu vas bien ( vas = going to ) right or wrong?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lois106894

      Comment ca va? Doesn't that mean the same thing?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/larmorbaden

      I disagree with your translation.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YaminaKoub

      My answer was correct


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/E.T.s_Son

      I assume since "Ont vous ca va" is wrong that mustn't have been the answer!? LoL


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

      Ont is the third person plural form of avoir (to have) in present tense indicative. It should match ils and elles.

      Va is the third person singular form of aller (to go) in present tense inficative. It should match il, elle and on.

      Ça is an abbreviated form of cela which contains the la. It thus is connected to the third person singular.

      "Ça va" is a correct match which means "it goes".

      Vous is the second person plural and gives the verb forms avez for avoir and allez for aller in present tense indicative.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

      In your sentence "ont vous ça va", you have 2 verbs, so it can't be correct, you have "ont" (to have), and "va" (to go). And you have also 2 subjects, "vous" and "ça", it can be both "you" and "it" in the same sentence.

      "ça va" being a very informal way to say it: there's no verb/subject inversion.

      Vous allez bien, can be "Allez-vous bien?" as a question.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/josegraco

      Faites-vous bien? (isn´t it also correct?)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

      No. It makes no sense in French.

      You have ot use the verb "aller" (to go), because it's an idiomatic expression, you can't use "to do" (faire), because it's only mean the real action fo doing in French (except in some expressions, but not this one)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prashant23

      Is "Tu vas bien ?" the same as "Ça va bien ?" ?


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

      Tu vas bien ? is more limited as it is only possible to ask one person one is familiar with. And it could be interpreted as Are you walking well? Ça va bien ? is possible to ask anyone, even a group, and means How are you? or Is everything all right?.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

      No, it can't be "are you walking well". It's only about your health/moral.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ramram14

      The ward" are" has two ways to write Sont .. es What is the differences in use


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AabLevellen

      The word are have in fact four different French translations, for four different persons. That is why you have to learn each verb form together with its pronoun: tu es, nous sommes, vous êtes, ils/elles sont.

      The verb être (=to be) in present tense indicative:

      Je suis=I am

      Tu es=You are (informal singular you)

      Il est=He is/It is

      Elle est=She is/It is

      On est=One is (non-numerical one)

      Nous sommes=We are

      Vous êtes=You are (formal singular you or informal/formal plural you)

      Ils sont=They are (Ils for all masculine or mixed gender they)

      Elles sont=They are (Elles for all feminine they)


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PERCE_NEIGE

      The ward?

      Sont = only with "ils" or "elles". Ils sont/Elles sont.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JosieCarus1

      Ca va bien means i am well


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bianca.finazzo

      "tu fais bien" is a correct translation


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vizzent

      I am in the first class and this is realy too easy for me

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