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#GrammarTrivia: ‘Good’ vs. ‘well’

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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.’

More examples:

  • “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.

For example:

  • “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.

For example:

  • “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!


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


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#EngPic: Good Grammar Graffiti?

Graffiti or a mural might not be a good thing for some, but how many times have you found it grammatically wrong?

So today’s #EngPic is the good grammar graffiti/mural session and why not try answer the questions along with it :)



1. Always Living in Harmony – why not “always live in harmony”?

Graffiti Ad 2

2. Stop Driving – why not “stop drive”?


3. Smash the system – why not “crash the system”?


4. Keep Smiling – why not “keep smile”?


5. God Listens – why not “God listen”?


So I think they are all grammatically right… but what do you think? Can you answer the questions, fellas? :)

Sadly these are the only #EngPic I could share today, why not try answer no. 1? :) “@ChatrineClarisa: tweet morree!!.. It’s fun. :)”





Thank you for answering fellas :) I got all the answers now! Let’s see what fellas have to say :D

A1. “@dian_tenan: gerund kah ? *soktau*” Yes, you are right :)

A1.”@Ajannaka: because living is gerund as a subject.”Always living in harmony” is a phrase. Using “live” would need a subject.”

A1. “@Zurich_05: Gerund after preposition”

A2. “@AstriSusianti: Stop is a verb that is usually followed by gerund.”

A2. “@CepriMaulana: because after stop must be followed by gerund, right?” Yes, you’re right :)

A2. “@IzazakiaPutra: because double verb is not allowed to occur in English grammar since it’s unfit”

A3. “@oneworldwill: they use “smash’ means to destroy something. Smash is more make sense.”

A3. “@oneworldwill: maybe because “crash” means to collide with something…”

A3. “@paopao1712: smash: to destroy,,there is no ‘crash the system'”

A4. “@oneworldwill: keep is always followed by GERUND if it means doing something continuously not store or save them.”

A4. “@_greenapple7: kata keep harus diikuti + v-ing .”

A4. “@ChatrineClarisa: because keep and smile are both infinitive and they can’t be combined. So change “smile” into a gerund.”

A5. “@_mommymemo_: cause GOD belongs to the third singular person so must using es/s in their verb.. :D”

A5. “@fitri_anita: because subject is singular, so the verb should be added by “-s/-es””

Well done fellas for your contributions :) They are so helpful and I hope this #EngPic session has been helpful too! I hope you had fun :D


@fyulinanto: Isn’t “smile” kind of noun? And gerund = noun ?

@ChatrineClarisa: @fyulinanto smile is a verb, not a noun. So we have to change it into a gerund to use it as a noun .

<- “Smile” can be a noun as well but in this case “smile” is not a noun following the word “keep” @fyulinanto@ChatrineClarisa. PS: Mau tahu lebih banyak tentang “Keep Smiling”? Cek sesi tgl 28/04 kami bersama @KenalLinguistik :)#EngQAs


Compiled and written by @daedonghae at @EnglishTips4u on May 3, 2014


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