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"Good day" is a phrase which is often translated as "buen día", and "bad" is an adjective which is often translated as "malo". Learn more about the difference between "good day" and "bad" below.
good day(
good
 
dey
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (nice day)
a. buen día
Have a good day, kids!¡Qué tengan un buen día, niños!
b. día bueno
Last Sunday was a good day for our soccer team.El domingo pasado fue un día bueno para nuestro equipo de fútbol.
2. (salutation in the morning)
a. buenos días
Good day, Mrs. Brown! - Good day, Mr. Drew!¡Buenos días, Sra. Brown! - ¡Buenos días, Sr. Drew!
b. buen día
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
Good day! Did you sleep well?¡Buen día! ¿Dormiste bien?
3. (salutation when meeting)
a. que tengas un buen día
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Good day! See you tomorrow.¡Que tengas un buen día! Nos vemos mañana.
b. que tenga un buen día
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Are you going to work? Good day!¿Va a trabajar? ¡Que tenga un buen día!
c. que tengan un buen día (plural)
Good day! - Thanks! Good day to you too!¡Que tengan un buen día! - ¡Gracias! ¡Que tengan un buen día ustedes también!
d. buen día
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
See you later! Good day!¡Hasta luego! ¡Buen día!
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bad(
bahd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of poor quality)
a. malo
I can't believe I wasted my time on such a bad movie!¡No puedo creer que perdí mi tiempo viendo una película tan mala!
2. (harmful)
a. malo
Drinking alcohol is bad for your health.Beber alcohol es malo para tu salud.
3. (unpleasant)
a. malo
I had a bad day at work today.Hoy tuve un día malo en el trabajo.
4. (unfavorable)
a. malo
I'm afraid this is a bad time, come back later.Me temo que este es un mal momento, vuelva luego.
5. (wicked)
a. malo
That boyfriend of yours was a bad person.Aquel novio tuyo era una mala persona.
6. (severe)
a. fuerte
I had such a bad headache that I had to stay at home.Tenía un dolor de cabeza tan fuerte que tuve que quedarme en casa.
b. grave
He was shot, and his wound is bad.Le dispararon y la herida es grave.
7. (rotten)
a. podrido
Don't eat that tomato, it's gone bad.No te comas ese tomate, está podrido.
8. (guilty)
a. mal
I feel bad for not having remembered our wedding anniversary.Me siento mal por no haberme acordado de nuestro aniversario de boda.
9. (afflicted)
a. malo
My dad has a bad back and cannot lift heavy objects.Mi papá tiene la espalda mala y no puede levantar objetos pesados.
10. (finance)
a. sin fondos
I knew it was a bad check when it was returned by the bank.Supe que era un cheque sin fondos cuando el banco me lo devolvió.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (evil)
a. lo malo
You have to take the bad with the good in this situation.Tienes que aceptar lo bueno y lo malo en esta situación.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
12.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(for emphasis)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I love you so bad that it hurts.Te quiero tanto que duele.
It's so hot out. I need some water real bad.Hace tanto calor afuera. Estoy desesperado por un poco de agua.
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