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"Estar bien" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to be fine", and "bueno" is an adjective which is often translated as "good". Learn more about the difference between "estar bien" and "bueno" below.
estar bien(
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tahr
 
byehn
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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 in good shape)
a. to be fine
Todo parece estar bien con sus documentos, señor.Everything seems to be fine with your documents, sir.
b. to be OK
Te prometo que dentro de poco todo va a estar bien.I promise you that in no time everything will be OK.
c. to be all right
No te preocupes por mí, voy a estar bien.Don't worry about me, I'll be all right.
d. to be good
La presentación del proyecto estuvo bien.The presentation of the project was good.
e. to be well
Jaime dice estar bien viviendo en el extranjero, pero yo creo que quiere regresar.Jaime says he's well living overseas, but I think he wants to come back.
2. (to be accurate)
a. to be right
Pensé que las medidas estaban bien, pero el sofá no cupo en la sala.I thought the measurements were right, but the sofa didn't fit into the living room.
b. to be correct
"El resultado está bien, pero ¿cómo lo obtuviste?" dijo el profesor."The result is correct, but how did you come to it?" said the teacher.
3. (to be healthy)
a. to be well
Después de meses de tratamiento, Melissa por fin está bien.After months of treatment, Melissa is finally well.
4. (to be on good terms)
a. to get along
Ana y yo estuvimos peleadas, pero ya estamos bien.Ana and I had a fight, but we're getting along now.
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bueno(
bweh
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noh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (beneficial)
a. good
La dieta mediterránea es muy buena para la salud.The Mediterranean diet is very good for your health.
2. (useful)
a. good
Esta herramienta es buena para montar cuadros.This tool is good for putting up a painting.
3. (of good quality)
a. good
Quiero invertir en muebles buenos.I want to invest in a few good furniture pieces.
4. (virtuous)
a. good
Un buen hombre dio su vida por la comunidad anoche.A good man gave his life in the service of this community last night.
5. (delicious)
a. good
La tarta de manzana estaba muy buena.The apple pie was very good.
6.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(attractive)
a. hot (colloquial)
Ese actor está bien bueno.That actor is really hot.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
7. (in agreement)
a. ok
Creo que sería mejor ir al restaurante francés. - Bueno, vayamos.I think it'd be better to go to the French restaurant. - Ok, let's go.
8. (answering the phone)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. hello
¿Bueno? Sí, él habla.Hello? Yes, this is he.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
9. (used to introduce a statement or question)
a. so
Bueno, ¿vamos a pedir pizza o no?So, are we going to order pizza or not?
b. well
¿Quieres una taza de café? - Bueno, vale.Would you like a cup of coffee? - Well, ok.
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