Which sentence is better?

"Quelle phrase est meilleure?"


"Quelle phrase est mieux?"

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The best way to say it would be :

Quelle phrase est la meilleure ?

Using mieux (an adverb) instead of meilleur (an adjective) is possible but usually more colloquial.

See also:

"Meilleur" or "mieux" for "It will be better"
Quelle est la différence entre meilleur et mieux ?
Using "mieux" to compare two nouns
Je suis mieux, je suis meilleur

  • Donc, c'est "Quelle phrase est la meilleure ?" qui est la meilleure? Sep 21, 2022 at 14:08
  • Would this compare to the difference "which sentence is better" versus "which sentence is the best" and "which sentence is best"? Is the meaning between "meilleur" and "la meilleure" different? Sep 21, 2022 at 14:09
  • Quelle phrase est meilleure ? is fine, Quelle phrase est mieux ? is colloquial, spoken French.
    – jlliagre
    Sep 21, 2022 at 14:19
  • Meilleur means "more bon" and qualify something/someone while mieux means "more bien" and apply to a verb.
    – jlliagre
    Sep 21, 2022 at 14:25
  • that's right: la meilleure means "the best (one)".
    – jlliagre
    Sep 21, 2022 at 14:52

The first one : "Quelle phrase est meilleure?". In fact, "phrase" has a feminine gender, so you'll say : "meilleure". "Mieux" is used for male nouns.

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    Not at all. e.g. : C'est elle la mieux. Also, there are no "male nouns", only masculine ones.
    – jlliagre
    Sep 21, 2022 at 13:23
  • No one says "C'est elle la mieux". We all say "meilleure" when we compare a non masculine thing to something Sep 21, 2022 at 13:26
  • I have heard and said enough times C'est elle la mieux to disagree. Moreover we say C'est elle la mieux habillée, not C'est elle la "meilleure habillée".
    – jlliagre
    Sep 21, 2022 at 14:15
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    @Silentobserver "Ce cheval est le meilleur" and "Cette voiture est la meilleure". But what does mieux have to do with masculine/feminine? It's about determinate versus indeterminate. Sep 21, 2022 at 14:16
  • I don't like to downvote newcomers, but this answer is factually false dans misleading.
    – XouDo
    Sep 26, 2022 at 10:13

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