Mieux vs Meilleur in French:

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Comparative - Superlative in French
1. Lesson 1: Mieux vs Meilleur
2. Lesson 2 : Comparative More, less
3. Lesson 3: Superlative
1- In English, Well and Good have the same comparative and superlative forms: better and best.
2- In French, well means “bien” and good “bon”, but both have their own comparative and superlative forms.

– Bien -> Mieux -> le Mieux, les Mieux

– Bon -> Meilleur -> le Meilleur(s), la Meilleure(s)

Meilleur gets a feminine form with a final e but with the same pronunciation: meilleure. (because meilleur is an adjectif) And alos a plural form: meilleurs and meilleures. Meilleur is the comparative of Bon. Le meilleur is the superlative of Bon.
Mieux is an adverb so no feminine form. Mieux is the comparative of Bien and le Mieux is the superlative.

You need to know that to be able to translate correctly English sentences with better or best:

– It’s a better book (better: good, so meilleur): ce livre est meilleur
– I feel better (better: well, so mieux): Je me sens mieux
– This book is the best: ce livre est le meilleur
– This ice cream is the best: cette glace est la meilleure.


It’s better: c’est mieux
It’s better to tell the truth: c’est mieux de dire la vérité
Here better is an adjective and not an adverb and usually after the verb to be, we use the word “mieux”


– May the best man win: Que le meilleur gagne
– Good for you: tant mieux pour toi
– Better late than never: Mieux vaut tard que jamais

– He’d rather go to the dentist: il ferait mieux d’aller au dentiste
– This book is much better than… : ce livre est bien mieux que…

Aimer mieux: to prefer  J’aime mieux les pommes !
De mieux and mieux: better and better.

Sometimes, both are possible and correct, so it may be up to you: cette loi est meilleure / cette loi est mieux !

Exercise Quiz Mieux va Meilleur

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