Good and Bad in Spanish [+10 Examples & Quiz]

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In this Spanish grammar lesson, you will learn how to say good and bad in Spanish.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say good and bad in Spanish
  • how good and bad in Spanish are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on good and bad in Spanish
  • how you can practice with flashcards on good and bad in Spanish
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn Spanish

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how use good and bad in Spanish!

Table of Contents

Introduction: Good and Bad in Spanish

There are two ways to say “it is good” and “it is bad” in Spanish.

Essentially, there’s a set combination to say ‘it is good” and “it is bad” in Spanish.

These set combinations are “es bueno/malo” and “está bien/mal“.

This lesson will teach you what they mean and how to use them.

Es Bueno & Malo = It is Good & It is Bad

  • es + bueno [adjective] = it is good

Es bueno que hagas ejercicio cada día.

It is good that you exercise every day.

Fumas mucho y eso no es bueno.

You smoke a lot and that’s not good.

  • es + mal [adjective] = it is wrong

Es malo conducir si se ha bebido.

It is bad to drive if you have been drinking.

Beber tanta cola es malo.

Drinking so much cola is bad.

Está Bien & Está Mal = It Is Good & It Is Bad/Wrong

  • está + bien [adverb] = it is good

Está bien que hagas ejercicio cada día.

It’s good that you exercise every day.

Fumas mucho y eso no está bien.

You smoke a lot and that’s not good.

When you use ésta bien with a work of art (series, films, book etc) you are also saying that it is interesting/fun/entertaining:

Hemos visto una serie sobre el espacio que está muy bien, te la recomiendo.

We have seen a series on space that is very good, I recommend it.

  • está malo [adverb] = it is bad/wrong

Está mal conducir si se ha bebido.

It is bad/wrong to drive if you have been drinking.

Beber tanta cola está mal.

Drinking so much cola is bad.

When you use ésta mal you are also talking about the morality of an action:

Está mal no dar las gracias.

It is (morally) wrong not to say thank you.

Conclusion to Good and Bad in Spanish

SpanishEnglish
es bueno & maloit is good & it is bad
está bien & está malit is good & it is bad/wrong

When you look at the English translations you can see that they mean the same.

However, in Spanish there’s a set combination.

This set combination is very important!

Example Sentences on Good and Bad in Spanish

This section of the lesson on good and bad in Spanish is about seeing the idioms used in sentences.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of good and bad in Spanish through examples.

Es bueno que hagas ejercicio cada día.

It is good that you exercise every day.

Fumas mucho y eso no es bueno.

You smoke a lot and that’s not good.

Es malo conducir si se ha bebido.

It is bad to drive if you have been drinking.

Beber tanta cola es malo.

Drinking so much cola is bad.

Está bien que hagas ejercicio cada día.

It’s good that you exercise every day.

Fumas mucho y eso no está bien.

You smoke a lot and that’s not good.

Hemos visto una serie sobre el espacio que está muy bien, te la recomiendo.

We have seen a series on space that is very good, I recommend it.

Está mal conducir si se ha bebido.

It is bad/wrong to drive if you have been drinking.

Beber tanta cola está mal.

Drinking so much cola is bad.

Está mal no dar las gracias.

It is (morally) wrong not to say thank you.

Quiz Yourself on Good and Bad in Spanish

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

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