#GrammarTrivia: Good vs. Well

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Hi, fellas, good afternoon!

How’s your Monday so far? Is it going well? We’re having a short session this afternoon, and again this evening.

When we meet somebody, we frequently ask or are asked how we are doing. To those questions, we often response with, “I’m good” or “I’m well”.

You might have wondered which one of those phrases is correct.

In today’s #GrammarTrivia, we are going to discuss when to use ‘good’ and ‘well’.

‘Good’ is an adjective. We use it to describe noun as ‘pleasing’ or ‘of acceptable quality’.
E.g.: This sandwich is really good. #GrammarTrivia

‘Well’ is an adverb, used to describe an action that is done in a pleasing way. E.g. Jonah plays the violin really well. #GrammarTrivia

Thus, when telling about an event or action, we use ‘well’. More examples:
– My day had been going so well prior to her call.
– I get along well with my colleagues.
– You sing very well.

What could be a little confusing now, fellas, is that ‘good’ can also work as adverb in informal speech or writing. For example:
The prescription works good with my diet.
The new trainee is doing really good. #Grammar Trivia

However, be reminded that it is informal. For formal use, ‘well’ will fit better. #Grammar Trivia

At the same time, using ‘well’ as an adjective can also be acceptable. For example, somebody is asking us about how we feel after we recover from an illness.

Q: How are you? I heard you were admitted to the hospital.
A: I’m well now, thank you very much. Just a bad case of dehydration. #GrammarTrivia

In this context, using ‘I’m well’ is more suitable since it is more specific than ‘good’, indicating that the speaker is in good health condition. #GrammarTrivia

Is there any other examples in which ‘good’ and ‘well’ confuse you, fellas? Feel free to tweet us! #GrammarTrivia

 

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Monday, 29 August, 2016.

 

 

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