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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?"

Thanks!

May 22, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jimmy54103

"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.


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

«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».


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

Can't you use it with être?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CX948

Additionally, what does "ça va" literally mean?


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    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!


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

    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. ;)


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

    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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