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Bon vs Bien, Mauvais vs Mal

The French words bon and bien, mauvais and mal are often mixed up. This is because the two pairs have similar meanings: bon and bien are positive while mauvais and mal are negative. In addition all four of these words can be adjectives, adverbs, or nouns. Bon and mauvais are usually adjectives, while bien and mal are usually adverbs.

The following table summarizes the differences between each pair; click the links below for more information.

Bon Bien Mauvais Mal
adjective good well bad wrong
adverb nice well bad badly
noun form good(s) bad part evil

Detailed information

     Bon vs Bien     Mauvais vs Mal

Expressions with

     Bon and Bien     Mauvais and Mal

Test on bon, bien, mauvais, mal

Synonyms for Bon

Other confusing pairs

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