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"Be healthy" is a phrase which is often translated as "estar sano", and "be well" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "estar bien". Learn more about the difference between "be healthy" and "be well" below.
be healthy(
bi
 
hehl
-
thi
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (to have a healthy lifestyle)
a. estar sano
Chad is healthy. I need to learn to be more like him.Chad está sano. Necesito aprender a ser más como él.
b. estar saludable
How did you get to be so healthy?¿Cómo llegaste a estar tan saludable?
2. (to be beneficial)
a. ser saludable
Vegetables are healthy, and you should eat them every day.Las verduras son saludables, y deberías comerlas todos los días.
b. ser sano
I like to ride my bike because it is healthy.Me gusta andar en bicicleta porque es sano.
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be well(
bi
 
wehl
)
An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to be healthy)
a. estar bien
Hey, Jane. How are you? - I'm well, and you?Hola, Jane. ¿Cómo estás? - Estoy bien, ¿y tú?
2. (to be very)
a. estar bien
The steak is well done.El bistec está bien cocido.
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