Difference between Bom and Bem in Portuguese

Difference between Bom and Bem in Portuguese. Este homem é bom. Esta mulher está bem.

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In our Dica today, we will talk about the difference between Bom and Bem in Portuguese. For many, this difference is very complicated, but we will show you today that it is in fact very simple!

Difference between Bom and Bem in Portuguese

The word Bom is an adjective, therefore it serves to give a characteristic to a substantive, while the word Bem is an adverb, which serves to give a characteristic to a verb. Besides that, the adjective Bom varies in masculine, feminine, singular and plural, while the word Bem, for being an adverb, does not change it’s form.

Let’s see some examples below:

Examples with the adjective Bom

Ele é um homem bom.
He is a good man.

Esta música é muito boa.
This is a good song.

Os bares no Rio de Janeiro são bons.
The bars in Rio de Janeiro are good.

Elas são boas estudantes.
They are good students.

Este suco de laranja está muito bom!
This orange juice is very good!

Examples with the adverb Bem

Ele fala português muito bem.
He speaks Portuguese very well.

Elis Regina era uma grande cantora. Ela cantava muito bem.
Elis Regina was a great singer. She sang really well.

Eu estou bem, obrigada!
I am well, thank you!

Nossos amigos são italianos, mas falam português muito bem.
Our friends are Italian, but speak Portuguese really well.

O professor Diogo não dança samba bem. Ele é café com leite.
The teacher Diogo does not dance samba really well. He is café com leite (inexperienced).

Difference between Tudo bem and Tudo bom

There is no difference between Tudo bem! and Tudo bom! in Portuguese.

Both expressions have the same idea. It varies from one person to another if they are going to use Tudo bem! or Tudo bom!

You can learn more about it on our Dica TUDO BEM or TUDO BOM.

Did you see, guys?! It is not at all complicated. We have just learned the difference between bom and bem in portuguese. What do you think about this Dica? Was it good? Did you manage to learn well?

Now it’s your turn!

Complete the exercises below using bem or bom.

  1. Ele é um homem ____________.
  2. Minha amiga fala português _____________.
  3. Este livro não é muito _____________. Eu já o li.
  4. Ela canta _________.
  5. O cantor Tom Jobim é um _________ cantor. Ele canta muito _________.
  6. Eles são ________ funcionários.
  7. Aquelas mulheres trabalham muito _________.
  8. Não acho aquele lugar muito __________.
  9. Os professores da Rio & Learn ensinam ___________.
  10. O cachorro é um ________ companheiro.

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Till next time!
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  2. bem
  3. bom
  4. bem
  5. bom; bem
  6. bons
  7. bem
  8. bom
  9. bem
  10. bom

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