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"Estar bueno" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to be good", and "estar bien" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to be fine". Learn more about the difference between "estar bueno" and "estar bien" below.
estar bueno(
ehs
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tahr
 
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 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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estar bien(
ehs
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tahr
 
byehn
)
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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