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"Estar bueno" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to be good", and "bueno" is an adjective which is often translated as "good". Learn more about the difference between "estar bueno" and "bueno" below.
estar bueno(
ehs
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tahr
 
bweh
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noh
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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 great)
a. to be good
Está bueno conocer gente y escuchar sus historias de vida.It's good to meet new people and hear their life stories.
2. (to be delicious)
a. to be good
El guisado estaba bueno, pero me gustó más el pollo frito.The stew was good, but I liked the fried chicken better.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to be sexually attractive)
a. to be hot
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
El hermano de Silvia está bueno. Debería trabajar como modelo.Silvia's brother is hot. He should be a model.
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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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