bien et mieux in this sentence

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Kwiziq community member

5 May 2018

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bien et mieux in this sentence

I just don't understand why this sentence uses an adverb, rather than an adjective :

Ta télé est bien, mais la mienne est mieux. 
I would think it'd use : Ta télé est bonne, mais la mienne est meilleure. 

Thank you for your explanation!

This question relates to:
French lesson "Meilleur, mieux, pire / plus mauvais, plus mal = better, best, worse and worst (irregular comparatives and superlatives)"


Kwiziq community member

5 May 2018


Hi Christina, I believe this question has been asked and explained several times. You should find answers among the posts underneath the corresponding lesson. 

-- Chris. 


Kwiziq language super star

6 May 2018


Hi Christina,

'Bien' and 'Bon' have lots of different meanings in French and you will find multiple columns devoted to them in dictionaries depending on their particular meanings.

In this case, 'bien' is actually an adjective ( I know, wierd!). It is used to mean 'pleasing' as good/fine. e.g.

Ce tableau est bien.

Ce film est bien.

OR when speaking of a person:

"C'est un homme bien" = "He is a good man "( in a moral sense).

or "Il est bien, ton ami "= meaning, "He is good-looking, your friend."

In the case of a tv , if you said, "la télé est bonne", it sounds really odd in French and you can almost think that you have tried to eat it ...

You can say - "C'est une bonne télé." (meaning it works well, fulfills its role as a tv...)

I know it's confusing but hope this helps!


Kwiziq community member

11 May 2018


I have all the same questions as Christina and many others here, and I've read all the answer over and over again, but I still don't get it. It seems to be absolutely random and just something you have to learn by feeling with time. 


Kwiziq community member

7 June 2018


I think that was a very well explained answer Cecil. Merci beaucoup!


Kwiziq community member

1 October 2018


Merci Cecile, ton reponse est tres bien! 


Kwiziq community member

13 November 2018


I'm with Arndis on this... really beginning to hate just how inutilement compliquée French is! :-(

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