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 this #GrammarTrivia article, we are going to discuss when to use ‘good’ and ‘well.’
Describing ‘good’ and ‘well’
‘Good’ is an adjective. We use it to describe noun as ‘pleasing’ or ‘of acceptable quality.’
- “This sandwich is really good.”
‘Well’ is an adverb, used to describe an action that is done in a pleasing way.
- “Jonah plays the violin really well.”
Thus, when telling about an event or action, we use ‘well.’
- “My day had been going so well prior to her call.”
- “I get along well with my colleagues.”
- “You sing very well.”
‘Good’ as adverb
What could be a little confusing now, fellas, is that ‘good’ can also work as adverb in informal speech or writing.
- “The prescription works good with my diet. The new trainee is doing really good. “(informal)
However, please be reminded that the above sentence is informal. For formal use, ‘well’ will fit better.
- “The prescription works good with my diet. The new trainee is doing really well. “(formal)
‘Well’ as adjective
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.
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.
Is there any other examples in which ‘good’ and ‘well’ confuse you, fellas? Feel free to drop a comment!
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