Humanities Languages What's the Difference Between Bon vs Bien? Share Flipboard Email Print Tim Robberts/Taxi/Getty Images Languages French Vocabulary Basics Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources for Teachers English as a Second Language Spanish German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by ThoughtCo Updated March 06, 2017 The French words bon and bien, mauvais and mal are often mixed up. This is because the two pairs have similar meanings: bon and bien are positive while mauvais and mal are negative. In addition all four of these words can be adjectives, adverbs, or nouns. Bon and mauvais are usually adjectives, while bien and mal are usually adverbs. The following table summarizes the differences between each pair; click the links below for more information. adjective good well bad wrong adverb nice well bad badly noun form good(s) bad part evil Continue Reading Don't Be Confused By "Bon" and "Bien" in French What Are Some French Idioms That Use 'Bon'? How Do You Express 'Sickness' in French? What's the Difference Between French Pairs Meilleur vs Mieux? Mauvais vs. Mal Understanding the French Expression "Pas Mal" Learn the Many French Expressions Using 'Bien' French Superlative Adverbs - Adverbs Superlatifs Better/Best, the Most/the Least: What's the Equivalent in French? Learn the French Expressions C'est vs. Il Est Confusing French Pairs Tant vs Autant How Has French Influenced English? The French Word Tout and Its Variations How to Call Something Cheap in French Is Spanish Really Easier than French? How to Use the Very Typical French Expression 'Ah Bon'