"Jules et Pierre se sont bien amusés le weekend dernier."

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Walker

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29 September 2018

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"Jules et Pierre se sont bien amusés le weekend dernier."

What is the purpose of the 'bien' in this sentence?

Wouldn't the meaning be exactly the same if it was omitted?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Agreeing past participle with subject's gender and number with (+ être) verbs in Le Passé Composé"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

30/09/18

They had great fun last weekend.

Would the meaning be the same without "great"?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

30 September 2018

30/09/18

Hi Walker,

The addition of 'bien' intensifies the fun element , the difference between a good time and a great time.

Hope this helps!

Walker

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

30/09/18

Chris: Sorry, I should have quoted the English translation from the page.  It does not utilise the word 'great'.  It just says they 'had fun' which (to have fun) is the base meaning of s'amuser (no bien required).

However, I do understand after reading Cécile's explanation that this is about intensifying the 'fun' element of the meaning, much like the bien in "j'aime bien...," when referring to objects (not people) I suppose.

Many thanks to you both!

Walker

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

30/09/18

"Much like the bien in 'j'aime bien' emphasises how much you like an object," I meant to say. 

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