Identifying bien que not bien as an adjective

BelindaC1Kwiziq community member

Identifying bien que not bien as an adjective

"Je l'aime bien qu'il soit un peu paresseux." - how can we identify here that the bien is part of bien que and not an adjective?
Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Belinda, It has to be "bien que" because otherwise the meaning is weird. If "bien" were an adverb here, it would break it down as Je l'aime bien = I like him qu'il soit un peu paresseux = a third person command: "may he be a bit lazy." Since that clearly makes no sense, we know that bien goes with the que. Does that make sense?
BelindaC1Kwiziq community member
Hi Laura, Yes I thought you'd say that, but thought I would check. Cheers
LeonC1Kwiziq community member
For me, the problem of understanding the French sentence often lies in my reading the sentence too slowly. Take the sentence in question. If I read it slowly, I am liable to see "bien" by itself. However, reading it fast enough makes it (to me) clearly "bien qu'il", and the meaning is clear.

Identifying bien que not bien as an adjective

"Je l'aime bien qu'il soit un peu paresseux." - how can we identify here that the bien is part of bien que and not an adjective?

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