Mal vs mauvais with copular verb être

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Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

26 August 2018

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Mal vs mauvais with copular verb être

Bonjour.

re. mal vs mauvais/mauvaise: Is the adverb "mal" used as an adjective with the copular verb être, to say "bad"?

For example, to say "good", do we only use the adjective of "good" with être (a copular verb): "Pierre est bon. C'est un bon homme." But, when saying "bad" instead of "good" with être, do we use "mal" (adverb) instead of mauvais to say "He is bad",  but use "mauvais" when a noun is present? : "Il est mal. C'est un mauvais homme." 

I find this topic confusing.

Cheryl

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

26 August 2018

26/08/18

Hi Cheryl ,

In the examples you give, you cannot say il est mal - it would be: Il est mauvaisHe is bad

and

 C'est un homme mauvais /c'est un mauvais homme. =  He is a bad/wicked man.

Hope this helps!

 

Cheryl

Kwiziq community member

26 August 2018

26/08/18

Thank you again Cécile. You are always helpful!

Bonne journée.

Cheryl

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