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ca va

I've learned some common phrases, and I can't understand what is the diffrence between ca va, comment ca va, and ca va bien. Can you please help me?

July 30, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

They all mean basically the same thing.
It's a bit like the following in English:

How goes it?
How's it going?
It's going.

Literally, "ca" means it, this, that.
"Va" means go.
"Bien" means well.

July 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

I will try to explain all that.

The normal way to ask someone if they are doing well is: 'Comment vas-tu/allez-vous ?' ('How are you going/doing?). And the normal answer (if you are doing well or if you do not feel like talking about your problems) is: 'Je vais bien. Et toi/vous ?' ('I am going/doing well. What about you?')

This is rather direct and personal, though. To make it less personal, we ask: 'Comment ça va ?' ('How does it go?/How are things going?') or even only 'Ça va?' ('It goes?'). And the normal answer is: 'Ça va bien' ('It goes well/Things are going well'). But this is still too personal for most people, because it seems to mean 'I am doing well.' So we use the low-key version: 'Ça va' ('It goes'), which means: 'Normal, just another day, nothing special' or in some cases: 'I have tons of problems but I am not willing to talk about them.' It will depend on the tone, actually. A very sincere 'Ça va' with a big smile will mean that you are doing great.

July 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MiriamPitt5

Ca va bien is 'i'm fine' or 'i'm okay' or i'm feeling well. You can know this by the 'bien' at the end. Ca va is a bit the same, but is rather 'i'm well' or something without the 'bien'. Comment ca va is a question. Comment means 'how', so the phrase is just 'how is it going?' or 'how are you?'.

July 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Victoria_Herbert

Ca va means i'm fine, but it can also mean are you ok? comment ca va is another way of saying are you ok? ca va bien means i am fine thank you

November 27, 2018
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