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Mieux vs Meilleur

Mieux vs Meilleur?

Knowing when to use mieux vs meilleur is a piece of French grammar causing a bit of a struggle for French learners so let’s see them together today.

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Mieux vs Meilleur

What is Meilleur and what is Mieux?

Knowing what type of words they are is very important to know how to use them.

Meilleur is an adjective. It is also the comparative of BON (good)

Mieux is an adverb. It is also the comparative of BIEN (good)


Bon and Bien in French both mean good. This is why the distinction is harder to make for English speakers.

Gender and number of Meilleur vs Mieux

Bon and meilleur are adjectives, so they agree in gender and number with the noun they refer to.

Because bien and mieux are adverbs, it never agrees in gender and number, they refer to the verb of the sentence.

Here is how Bon and Bien agree in gender and number:

Now if we replace Bien with Mieux and Bon with Meilleur, we can see clearly that mieux doesn’t agree, but meilleur does.

MeilleurMeilleureMeilleursMeilleures are all pronounced the same way.


Rules about Bon - Meilleur - Le meilleur

Bon in English means good.
The comparative of Bon is Meilleur, which is better in English.
The superlative of Bon is Le meilleur, which is the best in English.

BON – Meilleur.e.s
Good   Bon
Better  Meilleur.e.s 

The superlative also agrees in gender and number

The best: Le meilleur – La meilleure – Les meilleurs – Les meilleures

Examples with Bon - Meilleur - Le meilleur

Here are some examples with bon, meilleur, and le meilleur to show you the variations.  

Ce gâteau est bon – This cake is good
Ce gâteau est meilleur – This cake cake is better
Ce gâteau est le meilleur – This cake is the best

Cette idée est bonne – This idea is good
Cette idée est meilleure – This idea is better
Cette idée est la meilleure – This idea is the best

Ces gâteaux sont bons – These cakes are good
Ces gâteaux sont meilleurs – These cakes are better
Ces gâteaux sont les meilleurs – These cakes are the best

Ces idées sont bonnes – These ideas are good
Ces idées sont meilleures – These ideas are better
Ces idées sont les meilleures – These ideas are best

Rules about Bien - Mieux - Le mieux

Bien in English means good/well.
The comparative of Bien is Mieux, which is better in English.
The superlative of Bien is Le mieux, which is the best in English.

Bien – Mieux
Good/well      Bien
Better             Mieux

The superlative doesn’t agree in gender and number
The best: Le mieux – La mieux – Les mieux – Les mieux

Examples with Bien - Mieux - Le mieux

Here are some examples with bien, mieux, and le mieux to show you the variations.  

Je parle bien français – I speak French well
Je parle mieux français – I speak French better
Je parle français le mieux – I speak French the best

Il s’habille bien – He dresses well
Il s’habille mieux – He dresses better
Il s’habille le mieux – He dresses the best

Tu dessines bien – You draw well
Tu dessines mieux – You draw better
Tu dessines le mieux – You draw the best

A few common French verbs taking Mieux

Aller mieux – To feel better
Est-ce que tu vas mieux ? – Are you feeling better?

Se sentir mieux – To feel better
Je me sens beaucoup mieux – I am feeling much better

Comprendre mieux – To understand better
Je comprends mieux maintenant, merci – I understand better now, thank you

Être mieux – To be better
C’est mieux de rentrer tôt – It’s better to come home early

Dormir mieux – To sleep better
Je dors mieux avec la fenêtre ouverte – I sleep better with the window open

Parler mieux – To speak better
Tu parles mieux que moi – You speak better than me

Faire mieux – To do better
Tu peux faire mieux que ça – You can do better than that

I hope you now understand better how to use Mieux and Meilleur in French. Keep practicing and don’t hesitate to leave a comment with an example to try. I will correct you if you want me to.

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