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    Hope you are doing well vs good

    I typed an e-mail to a friend earlier and wrote "I hope everything is going well". But should everything go "well" or should it go "good"? I remember learning way back when that "well applies to health, good to all else". Does that rule apply here?

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    Re: Hope you are doing well vs good

    Quote Originally Posted by ducat1base View Post
    I typed an e-mail to a friend earlier and wrote "I hope everything is going well". But should everything go "well" or should it go "good"? I remember learning way back when that "well applies to health, good to all else". Does that rule apply here?
    No, you were right the first time.
    Everything goes 'well'. The rule you learned is not good if you want to learn English well. Occasionally, 'good' is used for 'well', so expect to see it, but 'well is the adverb'.

    A: How are you? B: Good thanks.
    A: How are things? B: Good.
    A: Is everything good? B: Yes.
    BUT NOT:
    A: Is everything going good? X
    A: I hope you've been good. X (Unless you mean that literally)

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    Re: Hope you are doing well vs good

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    A: I hope you've been good. X (Unless you mean that literally)
    I hope you're good. -> This is also wrong?

    Cheers!

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    Re: Hope you are doing well vs good

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    I hope you're good. -> This is also wrong?

    Cheers!
    It's marginal.
    You might say it to your new dentist.

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    Re: Hope you are doing well vs good

    Awesome, thank you. So in most cases, when the word I'm looking for is the adverb I use 'well', regardless of the object I am referring to?

    e.g. I think I did well on the test -or- It feels good to know I did well on the test.

    Both correct?

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    Re: Hope you are doing well vs good

    Quote Originally Posted by ducat1base View Post
    Awesome, thank you. So in most cases, when the word I'm looking for is the adverb I use 'well', regardless of the object I am referring to?

    e.g. I think I did well on the test -or- It feels good to know I did well on the test.

    Both correct?
    Both are correct.

    Totally incorrect would be: It feels well to know I did good on the test!

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