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French expressions with bien
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The French adverb bien literally means “well” or “good” and is found in a variety of idiomatic expressions. Learn how to say really, good talker, we’ll see, and more with this list of expressions with bien.

Proverbs with bien

Abondance de biens ne nuit pas. An abundance of goods does no harm.
Bien faire et laisser dire. ~ Do your own thing.
Bien mal acquis ne profite jamais. Ill-gotten gains seldom prosper.
Chacun son mĂ©tier, les vaches seront bien gardĂ©es. Each man to his own trade.
CharitĂ© bien ordonnĂ©e commence par soi-mĂȘme. Charity begins at home.
Un chien regarde bien un Ă©vĂȘque. A cat may look at a king.
Un fou enseigne bien un sage. A fool may give a wise man counsel.
Il n’est jamais trop tard pour bien faire. It’s never too late to do the right thing.
Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien. Let well enough alone.
On n’est jamais si bien servi que par soi-mĂȘme. If you want something done right, do it yourself.
Qui aime bien chĂątie bien. Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Rira bien qui rira le dernier. He who laughs last laughs best.
Tout est bien qui finit bien. All’s well that ends well.

Expressions with bien

aller bien to be well, in good health
avoir la langue bien pendue to be a good talker
bel et bien altogether, truly, really
bien au contraire on the contrary, quite the opposite
bien dans sa peau comfortable with oneself
le bien d’humanitĂ© the good of humanity
bien entendu of course, obviously
le bien et le mal good and evil
Bien lui en a pris. It’s just as well s/he did it.
bien mieux much better
le bien public public good
bien que + subjunctive even though
bien souvent very often
bien sĂ»r of course
bien sĂ»r que non of course not
les biens d’un magasin a store’s goods
les biens immobiliers real estate
Ça commence Ă  bien faire !(informal) This has gone on long enough!
C’est bien que + subjunctive It’s good that …
dire du bien de to speak well of
ĂȘtre bien mal to be close to death
ĂȘtre bien portant to be well, in good health
faire du bien Ă  quelqu’un to do someone good
faire le bien to do good
Il est bien que + subjunctive It’s good that …
ni bien ni mal(informal) so so
On verra bien ! We’ll see!
Parlons peu, (mais) parlons bien. Let’s get right to the point.
se porter bien to be well, in good health
prendre la chose bien to take it well
rendre le bien pour le mal to return good for evil
s’y prendre bien to do a good job, handle something the right way
tant bien que mal doing one’s best, more or less
Tu fais bien de me le dire ! It’s a good thing you told me!

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