Learn about the Spanish "bien" meaning "very"
We can use the adverb bien, meaning very/quite, as an intensifier, followed by adjectives and some adverbs. Here are some examples:
Notice how it works like muy and bastante; the word bien is invariable but the adjectives that follow need to agree with the noun:
Estás muy/bastante/bien delgada.
Estáis muy/bastante/bien gordos.
The intensifier bien can also be used with some adverbs. For example:
We can even use bien and mal together, instead of muy mal, meaning "very bad". For example:
In Spain, this use of bien is less common than the more generally used muy. In some Latin American countries this specific use of bien is more frequent. Also note that bien as an intensifier is slightly more colloquial than muy.
- Muy vs Mucho in Spanish (intensifiers)
- Using demasiado, bastante, un poco, tan, tanto and muy for too, quite, a bit, so, so much and very in Spanish (quantitative adverbs)
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Examples and resources
- ¿Cómo está Roberto? - Está bien mal después de escuchar la mala noticia.- How is Roberto? - He is pretty bad after hearing the bad news.