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"Estar bueno" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "to be good", and "ser bueno" is an intransitive verb phrase which is also often translated as "to be good". Learn more about the difference between "estar bueno" and "ser bueno" 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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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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