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Rene

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22 November 2017

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Ta télé est bien. télé is a noun, why not say "ta télé est bonne"?

This relates to:
Meilleur, mieux, pire / plus mauvais, plus mal = better, best, worse and worst (irregular comparatives and superlatives) -

Ron

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23 November 2017

23/11/17

Here is the explanation from the lesson: «When to use bien (adverb) and therefore mieux In French, you'll use the adverb bien and its comparative mieux when: - making a general statement with être about something or someone being fine/OK/better/the best: Example: Ta télé est bien mais la mienne est mieux. --> Your TV is fine but mine is better. I hope that helps.

Chris

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24 November 2017

24/11/17

Knowing when to use bien and when to use bon canbe confusion sometimes. With verbs that describe a state of being such as "être" the use of "bien" is favored. It wouldn't be entirely wrong to use "bon" but it means something different: La télé is bien. -- The TV is good. La télé est bonne. The TV is a good one. -- Chris. P.S.: Laura on her site has a valuable lesson on that: https://www.thoughtco.com/bon-vs-bien-1368817

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

28 March 2018

28/03/18

Hi Rene,

Technically in this example, 'ta télé est bien' is correct as 'bien' follows the verb 'to be' and therefore is correct.

You wouldn't say 'ta télé est bonne' but you might say: 'C'est une bonne télé'.

Hope this helps!

Christina

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5 May 2018

5/05/18

Hmmm...In all my years of French language learning I never learned that "bien" rather than "bon" must follow être. 

Chris

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6 May 2018

6/05/18

It is not a must. C'est bon is also correct but carries a slightly different meaning. In the example of the tv, la télé est bonne, however, does sound weird.

-- Chris. 

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