"Cette fille est belle" mais "Cette école est bien"

DavidB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

"Cette fille est belle" mais "Cette école est bien"

Is there a lesson which covers this case of using an adverb "bien" instead of an adjective "bonne" ?  

 

 

Asked 11 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

‘Bien’ can function as an adverb, or as an adjective in limited circumstances.

It has a somewhat different sense when used as an adjective with state of being verbs  - (not always obvious to us non-native French learners). Some of its use seems more intuitive than teachable.

I may be wrong, but In your example, I would see the school being described in the abstract as ‘good’, rather than referring to the quality of the physical structure  - caring, providing good education and ‘environment’ for students, for example.

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/grammar/bon-vs-bien

https://www.wordreference.com/fren/bien

"Cette fille est belle" mais "Cette école est bien"

Is there a lesson which covers this case of using an adverb "bien" instead of an adjective "bonne" ?  

 

 

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