What is the difference between "io sto bene" & "io sono bene" (or maybe just "sono bene")? And should a beginner like me start with saying "sono" for "I am" in my sentences, i.e., when making up my own rather than using standard pre-written sentences?
6Welcome on ItalianSE! Io sono bene is simply not correct.– abarisoneSep 30, 2019 at 11:11
3“should a beginner like me start with saying Sono for I am in my sentences”: I am confused: if you wanto to say “I am” in Italian, of course you say Sono. What do you mean?– DaGSep 30, 2019 at 11:42
5Hank, I got the impression that you are trying to translate word-by-word from English sentences like "I am good". If that's what you're trying to do, that doesn't work at all and you'll end up mostly with incorrect or meaningless sentences.– Denis Nardin ♦Sep 30, 2019 at 17:42
@Hank: The problem is that, to say "I am", in some situations you have to say "sono" (for instance, "sono inglese", "sono alto" or "sono Maria"), but in other ones you must use "sto" (for instance, "sto bene").– Charo ♦Sep 30, 2019 at 17:56
1If you want to literally translate "I am good " (verb + adjective), you would say "Io sono buono" (buono= good adjective, bene = good adverb), but for the translation of "How are you?" "I am fine" this doesn't work (Note also that the question it's "Come stai?" and not "Come sei?")– laikaOct 1, 2019 at 7:23
The form “io sono bene” is simply ungrammatical, because bene is an adverb that cannot be used as a predicate.
To the contrary, stare is an intransitive verb, that can be accompanied by an adverb.