Identifying bien que not bien as an adjective

Belinda

Kwiziq community member

16 September 2016

3 replies

Identifying bien que not bien as an adjective

"Je l'aime bien qu'il soit un peu paresseux." - how can we identify here that the bien is part of bien que and not an adjective?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Although = bien que + Le Subjonctif or même si + L'Indicatif"

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

17 September 2016

17/09/16

Bonjour Belinda, It has to be "bien que" because otherwise the meaning is weird. If "bien" were an adverb here, it would break it down as Je l'aime bien = I like him qu'il soit un peu paresseux = a third person command: "may he be a bit lazy." Since that clearly makes no sense, we know that bien goes with the que. Does that make sense?

Belinda

Kwiziq community member

17 September 2016

17/09/16

Hi Laura, Yes I thought you'd say that, but thought I would check. Cheers

Leon

Kwiziq community member

25 September 2016

25/09/16

For me, the problem of understanding the French sentence often lies in my reading the sentence too slowly. Take the sentence in question. If I read it slowly, I am liable to see "bien" by itself. However, reading it fast enough makes it (to me) clearly "bien qu'il", and the meaning is clear.

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