They are confusing

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Buen, bueno, buena... the ending matches the noun it describes, as far as gender.

For example,

La niña buena = The good girl

El niño bueno = The good boy

When bueno comes before a masculine singular noun such as día, viaje, trabajo etc you drop the final 'O'.

Un buen alumno = The good student (male)

Una buena alumna = The good student (female)

"Buenos días - Good morning, Good day

Buenas noches - Good night

Que pase un buen día - Have a nice day

¡Buen viaje! - Have a nice trip (Bon voyage)

Buena suerte - Good luck!

Buen trabajo - Good job

Buen provecho - Enjoy your meal (Bon appetit)

Also, it's important to know that some adjectives change their meaning according to whether they are placed before or after the noun:

El es un buen hombre. This would indicate the man is a fine man, a good person.

Roberto es un niño bueno. This would indicate Roberto is a good boy, as in well behaved.

The differences are subtle.

Es una buena comida.

It's a good meal, indicating it looks good, it's healthy, etc.

Es una comida buena.

It's a good meal, indicating it tastes good, it was hearty, satisfying, etc.

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  • Great stuff!! - lagartijaver Jul 16, 2013
  • Good explanation. - kirk1 Jul 16, 2013
  • You're a dear...thank you. - 0095ca4c Jul 16, 2013
  • thanks guys :) - Kiwi-Girl Jul 16, 2013