Quick answer
"Well" is an adjective which is often translated as "bien", and "so" is an adverb which is often translated as "tan". Learn more about the difference between "well" and "so" below.
well(
wehl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (healthy)
a. bien
I hope you will get well very soon.Espero que te pongas bien muy pronto.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (properly)
a. bien
They did well in Latin.Les fue bien en latín.
Well done!¡Bien hecho!
3. (thoroughly)
a. perfectamente
I can well see your point of view.Entiendo perfectamente su punto de vista.
4. (probably)
a. probablemente
He may well come with us to the auction.Probablemente vendrá con nosotros a la subasta.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (hole in the ground)
a. el pozo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
There was a well outside the village.Había un pozo a la salida del pueblo.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
6. (introducing a topic)
a. bueno
Well, as I was saying...Bueno, como iba diciendo...
b. vaya
Well, well, look who came.Vaya, vaya, mira quién vino.
c. pues
Well, if that is how you want it.Pues, si lo prefieres así.
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so(
so
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (to such an extent)
a. tan
I'm so hungry. I haven't eaten in hours.Estoy tan hambriento. Llevo horas sin comer.
b. muy
These boots are so old. I need a new pair.Estas botas son muy viejas. Necesito un nuevo par.
2. (in this way)
a. así
To make a paper airplane, take the piece of paper and fold it so.Para hacer un avión de papel, toma la hoja y dóblala así.
b. de esta manera
Hold the brush so and just dab paint onto the canvas.Aguanta el pincel de esta manera y simplemente pon un poquito de pintura sobre el lienzo.
3. (too)
a. también
You're pregnant? So am I!¿Estás embarazada? ¡Yo también!
4. (as stated)
a. así
Is it possible to insert images into the document? If so, how?¿Es posible introducir imágenes en el documento? Si así es, ¿cómo?
5. (used to issue a challenge)
a. y
But you promised you'd come with me! - So? I changed my mind.¡Pero habías prometido venir conmigo! - ¿Y? Cambié de opinión.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
6. (therefore)
a. así que
We've already finished our work, so we're just going to head home.Ya hemos terminado nuestro trabajo, así que nos vamos a casa.
7. (used to express purpose)
a. para que
I turned on the television so my kids would stop running around.Prendí el televisor para que mis hijos dejaran de correr.
b. para
She's been saving money so she can go to Europe.Ella ha estado ahorrando dinero para poder ir a Europa.
8. (used to introduce a new topic)
a. entonces
So, how long have you been working at the plant?Entonces, ¿cuánto tiempo llevas trabajando en la fábrica?
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