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 maĂźtre. 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 pavĂ© 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

Ă  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 appĂ©tit ! Enjoy your meal!
bon aprĂšs-midi have a nice afternoon*
bon chic, bon genre good style, good sort
Bon courage ! all the best, keep up the good work
Bon dĂ©barras ! good riddance!
bon dimanche have a nice Sunday
bon grĂ© mal grĂ© (whether you) like it or not
bonjour(one word) hello, good morning*
bon matin(Canada) goog morning*
un bon rapport qualitĂ©-prix good value
bon retour safe journey home
bonsoir(one word) good evening
bon week-end have a good weekend
Bonne AnnĂ©e ! Happy New Year!
Bonne annĂ©e et bonne santé ! Happy New Year!
Bonne chance ! Good luck!
Bonne fĂȘte ! Happy [current holiday]!
bonne journĂ©e have a nice day
bonne nuit good night
bonne rentrĂ©e best wishes for the new (school) year
bonne route safe journey
bonne santĂ© stay well, keep healthy
bonne soirĂ©e 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 Ă  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 aprĂšs-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 vĂ©lo have a nice bike ride, enjoy your bike ride
bon voyage have a good trip, enjoy your trip
etc.  

Adjective and adverb phrases with bon

bon Ă  rien good for nothing
bon enfant friendly, good-natured
bon grĂ© mal grĂ© (whether you) like it or not
bon marchĂ© inexpensive, cheap
de bon cƓur heartily
de bon grĂ© willingly
de bon matin bright and early
en bon Ă©tat in good condition
pour de bon for good, definitively; really, truly

Compound nouns with bon

une bĂȘte Ă  bon dieu ladybug
un bon Ă  tirer corrected proof
un bon Ă  vue demand note
un bon d’achat gift certificate
un bon de caisse cash voucher
un bon de commande order form
un bon d’Ă©pargne savings certificate
un bon de garantie guarantee
un bon de livraison delivery slip
un bon de rĂ©duction coupon
un bon du TrĂ©sor Treasury bond
une bonne fourchette hearty eater
une bonne pĂąte easy-going person
une bonne sƓur(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 acidulĂ© acid drop
un bonbon balsamique ~ cough drop
un bonbon Ă  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 fourrĂ© piece of candy with soft center
coĂ»ter bonbon(informal) to be very expensive
rose bonbon candy pink

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