Bon vs Bien (Differences and some exercises)


Bon vs bien? Not sure which one to choose? This short article will help you distinguish these two French words confused by many learners. 

Bon (Good/nice)

Bon describes something or someone. As an adjective, it agrees with the noun it qualifies (feminine/plural).

For example:

C'est un bon livre. (It is a good book.)

Elle est une bonne amie. (She is a good friend) 

Bon is used with wishes and some common expressions.

For example:

Bon matin. (Good morning in Quebec)

Bonne journée! (Have a nice day!)

Bon voyage! (Have a nice trip!) 

Bien (Well)

Bien (adverb) describes actions and answers the question "how".

For example:

On a bien mangé. (We aet well.)

Est-ce que tu cuisines bien? (Are you cooking well?)

Bien is also used with some common questions.

For example:

Ça va bien? / Tu vas bien? (Are you well?)

*Unlike bon, bien is invariable, meaning that it doesn't change.


Let's practice!

Fill in the blanks with the correct form of "bon" or "bien".

1) Ces gâteaux sont ____. 

2) Conduis-tu ____ ?

3) Elle est une _____ colocataire (roommate). 

4) ____ après-midi! 

5) Mon cousin et moi travaillons ____.


Check your answers

1) bons

2) bien

3) bonne 

4) bon

5) bien

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