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"Bad" is an adjective which is often translated as "malo", and "good" is an adjective which is often translated as "bueno". Learn more about the difference between "bad" and "good" below.
bad(
bahd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of poor quality)
a. malo
I can't believe I wasted my time on such a bad movie!¡No puedo creer que perdí mi tiempo viendo una película tan mala!
2. (harmful)
a. malo
Drinking alcohol is bad for your health.Beber alcohol es malo para tu salud.
3. (unpleasant)
a. malo
I had a bad day at work today.Hoy tuve un día malo en el trabajo.
4. (unfavorable)
a. malo
I'm afraid this is a bad time, come back later.Me temo que este es un mal momento, vuelva luego.
5. (wicked)
a. malo
That boyfriend of yours was a bad person.Aquel novio tuyo era una mala persona.
6. (severe)
a. fuerte
I had such a bad headache that I had to stay at home.Tenía un dolor de cabeza tan fuerte que tuve que quedarme en casa.
b. grave
He was shot, and his wound is bad.Le dispararon y la herida es grave.
7. (rotten)
a. podrido
Don't eat that tomato, it's gone bad.No te comas ese tomate, está podrido.
8. (guilty)
a. mal
I feel bad for not having remembered our wedding anniversary.Me siento mal por no haberme acordado de nuestro aniversario de boda.
9. (afflicted)
a. malo
My dad has a bad back and cannot lift heavy objects.Mi papá tiene la espalda mala y no puede levantar objetos pesados.
10. (finance)
a. sin fondos
I knew it was a bad check when it was returned by the bank.Supe que era un cheque sin fondos cuando el banco me lo devolvió.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (evil)
a. lo malo
You have to take the bad with the good in this situation.Tienes que aceptar lo bueno y lo malo en esta situación.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
12.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(for emphasis)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I love you so bad that it hurts.Te quiero tanto que duele.
It's so hot out. I need some water real bad.Hace tanto calor afuera. Estoy desesperado por un poco de agua.
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good(
good
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (moral)
a. bueno
A good man always helps those in need.Un buen hombre siempre ayuda a los necesitados.
2. (favorable)
a. bueno
This is a good sign of economic growth.Esta es una buena señal de crecimiento económico.
You know exercise is good for you.Sabes que el ejercicio es bueno para ti.
3. (suitable)
a. bueno
A good explanation is clear and interesting.Una buena explicación es clara e interesante.
These apples are good for making pies.Estas manzanas son buenas para hacer tartas.
4. (thorough)
a. bueno
This house needs a good clean.Esta casa necesita una buena limpieza.
5. (skilled)
a. bueno
He is good at sports.Es bueno para los deportes.
6. (at least)
a. por lo menos
It will take me a good five years to finish my autobiography.Me llevará por lo menos cinco años acabar mi autobiografía.
7. (delicious)
a. bueno
The food at the Italian restaurant was very good.La comida del restaurante italiano estaba muy buena.
8. (well-behaved)
a. bueno
I'll be a good boy and not do it again.Seré un niño bueno y no lo volveré a hacer.
9. (valid)
a. válido
This coupon is only good through the 31st of December.Este cupón sólo es válido hasta el 31 de diciembre.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(well)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. bien
I'm doing good today.Me encuentro bien hoy.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (virtue)
a. el bien
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The good outweighs the bad.El bien supera el mal.
12. (benefit)
a. el bien
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
For the good of the company, I must resign.Por el bien de la compañía, debo renunciar.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
13. (reply)
a. bien
Mom, I got an A on my test. - Very good!Mami, saqué un sobresaliente en mi examen. - ¡Muy bien!
goods
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
14. (merchandise)
a. los bienes
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
China exports billions of dollars' worth of goods every year.China exporta billones de dólares de bienes cada año.
b. la mercancía
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We must ensure the goods don't spoil.Hay que asegurarse que la mercancía no se estropeé.
c. los artículos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Bill was caught handling stolen goods.A Bill le pillaron manejando artículos robados.
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