“BIEN” AND “BUENO”-how and when to use them Hola amigos, aquí estoy otra semana más, here I am another week. This time with another interesting pair of words-“BIEN” AND “BUENO”-how and when to use them.

In the Spanish language we have a few  words that can be confusing for learners (vale….maybe a few more than “a few”) but I mean pair of words that actually can get any student crazy like words that means the same in English, but we Spanish people have two…starting from the verb to be –ser and estar-, and passing for the ones we have today, in fact the ones of today they don’t mean the same when we translate them into English, but it is a pair of words that really confuses Spanish learners, this pair of words are… “BIEN” AND “BUENO”-how and when to use them.

Also at the end of the blog you would find a link to a quiz where you can practice what you read.

Have you get them confused? Keep reading and learn the difference once and for all.

“BIEN” AND “BUENO”-how and when to use them

 

Vale chicos, let’s get this right, so you will never have to think again is it “bien”, is it “bueno”…or maybe “buen”…when talking in Spanish

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Also I have made a video for you, you can find it below,  just in case you are one of a visual learner instead of a reading one, I would reacommend to have a quick read to the complete article first 🙂

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Let’s start with the boring part…”the hard grammar”, bien is a an adverb, that means that normally will go with adjective or a verb

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Example

El niño es bien alto , in this case bien means muy=very-the boy is very tall

Ella baila bien –She dances well, we are saying something about the verb, how does she dance? Bien.

#tips

Bien can be used with the verbs “ser” and “estar”, but when goes with the verb “ser” bien needs to have the meaning “muy”

Example

  • Este viaje es bien caro we could also say “este viaje es muy caro” –This trip is really expensive
  • Este viaje es bien   —-> NO! Never
  • Este viaje está bien- This trip is good
  • Esta oferta está bien-This offer is good

 

Buen/bueno/buena/buenos/buenas aka Buen/o/a/os/as

Again…proper grammar, these are adjectives, so they normally will go with nouns, and like every adjective and most of the words which go with nouns, they need to match them in number and gender.

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So if the noun is

Masculine singular

Estoy leyendo un libro buenoI am reading a good book

Feminine singular

La película es buenaThe movie is good

Masculine plural

Los consejos para aprender español son buenosThe tips  to learn Spanish are good

Feminine plural

Las comidas españolas son buenasSpanish foods are good

#watchout– these adjectives can go behind or after the nouns, if the noun is masculine, singular, only when it is MASCULINE and SINGULAR and you decide to use the adjective (bueno) before the noun, just when it goes  IN FRONT of the noun, the adjective looses the –o at the end

So you can say

Pedro es un amigo bueno or Pedro es un buenO amigo-good friend (male)  without changing the meaning

With the rest does not change,

 masculine plural – Amigos buenos o buenos amigos-good friends (males)

Feminine singular– Amiga buena or buena amiga- good friend (female)

Feminine plural– Amigas buenas or buenas amigas –Good  friends (females)

 

Whoop hoop! ¿Fácil?-Easy? Of course it is J now just to finish off today blog we are going to add some extra, so far all has been bien or bueno….but…sometimes things are mal or malas…oh…oh…when to use them?

Let’s get a quick look.

Mal,

same as bien is an adverb and therefore it will go with a verb or an adjective,

-Los ejercicios están  mal hechosThey exercises are wrong, mal is telling something about hechos (done) which works as an adjective here

And

Estoy mal- I feel bad , mal, here goes with a verb as is saying something about the verb…

#tips

Mal can ONLY be used with the verbs estar”, Example

  • Los ejercicios están mal-The exercises are wrong
  • Los ejercicios son mal —-> NO! Never

 

 

Malo/mala/malos/malas also aka malo/a/os/as

work like bueno/a/os/as, so…they are adjectives

Let’s take the same sentences we used for bueno/a/os/as, as everything can be good or bad depending on the perspective, 🙂

Masculine singular

Estoy leyendo un libro maloI am reading a bad book-

I know…who would read a bad book?

Feminine singular

La película es malaThe movie is bad

Masculine plural

Los consejos para aprender español son malosThe tips  to learn Spanish are bad

Feminine plural

Las comidas españolas son malasSpanish foods are bad

#watchout– these adjectives the same that bueno/a/os/as can go behind or after the nouns, if the noun is masculine, singular, only when it is MASCULINE and SINGULAR and you decide to use the adjective (malo) before the noun, just when it goes  IN FRONT of the noun, the adjective looses the –o at the end

So you can say , let’s take the sentences of the friends this time too,

Pedro es un amigo malo or Pedro es un malO amigo-bad friend (male)  without changing the meaning

With the rest does not change,

 masculine plural – Amigos malos o malos amigos-bad friends (males)

Feminine singular– Amiga mala or mala amiga- bad friend (female)

Feminine plural– Amigas malas or malas amigas –Bad friends (females)

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I hope you enjoy the post and now your doubts are away 🙂 Now Your turn spread the Spanish language around, share the blog with at least one person you think would enjoy the reading and knowledge in it.

And as promise the video and the links to the quiz below 🙂

As well this wee homework is a really actionable one, I have created a quiz so you can practice what you just read, so go over give it a go and make it counts! Come back here and let us know what it went! #watchout-sometimes for example mal or bien could fit in the sentences, as we used it in the same way, so look to the sentences and choose the one that makes more sense, and fit the meaning of the sentences better 🙂  http://makeaquiz.net/2fSxhf

Looking forward to reading you 🙂

Have a good day (full of Spanish)

 

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