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"Estar bien" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to be fine", and "ser bueno" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to be good". Learn more about the difference between "estar bien" and "ser bueno" below.
estar bien(
ehs
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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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ser bueno(
sehr
 
bweh
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noh
)
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 beneficial or useful)
a. to be good
Dicen que es bueno beber un vaso de vino al día.They say it's good to drink one glass of wine a day.
2. (to be of good quality)
a. to be good
La tela es buena. Lo que no me gusta es la caída que tiene la falda.The material is good. What I don't like is the way the skirt hangs.
3. (to be virtuous)
a. to be good
Juan es tan bueno que a veces la gente lo toma por tonto.Juan is so good that sometimes people think he's stupid.
4. (to behave oneself)
a. to be good
Sé bueno y deja tranquilo al pobre gatito.Be good and leave the poor kitten alone.
5. (to be capable)
a. to be good
Marisa es muy buena en lo que hace, pero no trabaja bien en equipo.Marisa is very good at what she does, but she doesn't work well as part of a team.
6. (to be delicious)
a. to be good
La paella es buena pero le falta un poco de sal.The paella is good but needs a bit more salt.
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