Bon Expressions

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French expressions with bon
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The French word bon can be an adjective or noun and is found in many expressions. Learn how to say cheap, healthy, hearty eater,  and more with this list of expressions with bon.

Proverbs with bon

À bon chat bon rat. Tit for tat.
À quelque chose malheur est bon. Every cloud has a silver lining.
L’argent est un bon serviteur et un mauvais maître. Money is a good servant but a bad master.
Bon chien chasse de race. Like father, like son.
Bon sang ne saurait mentir. What’s bred in the bone will come out in the flesh.
Les bons comptes font les bons amis. Bad debts make bad friends.
L’enfer est pavé de bonnes intentions. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Pas de nouvelles, bonnes nouvelles. No news is good news.

Expressions with bon

à la bonne franquette informally, potluck
À quoi bon ? What’s the use?
ah bon ? oh yeah? I see
avoir bonne mine to look healthy
avoir un bon fromage to have a cushy job
Bon anniversaire ! Happy birthday!
Bon appétit !   Enjoy your meal!
bon après-midi have a nice afternoon*
bon chic, bon genre good style, good sort
Bon courage ! all the best, keep up the good work
Bon débarras ! good riddance!
bon dimanche have a nice Sunday
bon gré mal gré (whether you) like it or not
bonjour(one word) hello, good morning*
bon matin(Canada) goog morning*
un bon rapport qualité-prix good value
bon retour safe journey home
bonsoir(one word) good evening
bon week-end have a good weekend
Bonne Année ! Happy New Year!
Bonne année et bonne santé ! Happy New Year!
Bonne chance ! Good luck!
Bonne fête ! Happy [current holiday]!
bonne journée have a nice day
bonne nuit good night
bonne rentrée best wishes for the new (school) year
bonne route safe journey
bonne santé stay well, keep healthy
bonne soirée have a nice evening
bonnes vacances enjoy your vacation
C’est bon que + subjunctive It’s good that …
Il est bon que + subjunctive It’s good that …
s’en tenir à bon compte to get off easy

 * Fais gaffe ! Bon matin means "good morning" in Canada, but in France, you can only say bonjour.

Also, bon après-midi can only be used as a valediction (have a nice afternoon), not a greeting. Again, to say "good afternoon" upon meeting someone, say bonjour.

Good wishes

You can use bon in front of virtually any activity-related noun to wish someone well with it:

bonne baignade   have a nice swim, enjoy your swim
bon match have a good game, enjoy the game
bonne promenade   have a nice walk, enjoy your walk
bon vélo   have a nice bike ride, enjoy your bike ride
bon voyage have a good trip, enjoy your trip

Adjective and adverb phrases with bon

bon à rien good for nothing
bon enfant friendly, good-natured
bon gré mal gré   (whether you) like it or not
bon marché inexpensive, cheap
de bon cœur heartily
de bon gré willingly
de bon matin bright and early
en bon état in good condition
pour de bon for good, definitively; really, truly

Compound nouns with bon

une bête à bon dieu ladybug
un bon à tirer corrected proof
un bon à vue demand note
un bon d’achat gift certificate
un bon de caisse cash voucher
un bon de commande order form
un bon d’épargne savings certificate
un bon de garantie guarantee
un bon de livraison delivery slip
un bon de réduction coupon
un bon du Trésor Treasury bond
une bonne fourchette hearty eater
une bonne sœur(informal) nun
un bon vivant person who appreciates the good things in life

Doubly good expressions 😉

un bonbon   piece of candy, (UK) sweet, sweetie
un bonbon acidulé   acid drop
un bonbon balsamique   ~ cough drop
un bonbon à la menthe   mint
un bonbon anglais   fruit drop
un bonbon au chocolat   piece of chocolate
un bonbon au miel   honey drop
un bonbon fondant   fondant candy
un bonbon fourré   piece of candy with soft center
coûter bonbon (informal)   to be very expensive
rose bonbon   candy pink

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