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Je vais bien, Je suis bien and Je vais mieux

What's the difference between Je vais bien, Je suis bien and Je vais mieux ? when are they used? Is it only when asked with:

"Comment vas-tu?" "Comment ca va?" "Comment allez vous?"


May 22, 2020



"Comment vas-tu?" — Je vais bien or Bien or Très bien, merci

"Comment allez-vous?" — Je vais bien or Bien or Très bien, merci

"Comment ça va?" — Ça va bien or Oui, ça va or Très bien, merci

Je vais bien is a common answer to the French How are you?, meaning I'm fine in a general way, things are going well.

Je suis bien would a little different, having the meaning that you are fine at that particular moment, comfortable, not in need of anything.

Je vais mieux would mean you are doing better.


«Je suis bien » does not mean what you think - it means "I follow well" as «bien» is an adverb and in this example is qualifying the 1st person singular of the verb «suivre».


Can't you use it with être?


Additionally, what does "ça va" literally mean?

[deactivated user]

    Literally - it means "it goes".

    But what it conveys is:
    as a question ça va ? - how are you?
    and as an answer ça va ! - I'm okay!

    It is one of those phrases that simply doesn't translate literally - there are different ways to express things between different languages, not just different words!


    Well in English you can also say it the way that would be somewhat of a literal interpretation, like

    -how is it going? -it's going. ;)


    Je vais bien = I am well : Je vais mieux = I am better.

    Bien is an adverb which qualifies a verb, so «Je suis bien » literally means "I follow well" and usually means "I understand" (eg Tu m'as compris? - Oui je te suis bien/Did you understand me/ Yes I follow you well).

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