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    If someone asks me How are you? What should I answer?
    May I say:
    - I am good. or
    - I am going good. or
    - I am well. or
    - I am going well. ?

    Is there a difference between these replies? Which of them are wrong?
    Is it right to say e.g. I am well, but I am not good. ? Would it mean that I feel healthy (well), but not going good/well (?) without succes.

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    I wouldn't use 'going'. You can use 'doing'. 'I'm well but not good' is a little unclear- you would be better off with something like 'but things aren't going well'.

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    "I'm fine" and "I'm doing fine" seem most natural to me.

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    Is it correct to say

    I am good.

    and

    I am well.


    or

    I am doing good.

    and

    I am doing well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mihai_alexandru View Post
    Is it correct to say

    I am good.

    and

    I am well.


    or

    I am doing good.

    and

    I am doing well.
    Yup, it is, Mihai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenka View Post
    If someone asks me How are you? What should I answer?

    - I am going good. or

    - I am going well. ?


    Instead of using "I", Lenka, you can use 'things', as in "Things are going good/well".
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    I thought one could say:

    I am good. (NOT well, since it's a adjective)
    I am doing well. (NOT good, since it's a adverb)

    right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    I thought one could say:

    I am good. (NOT well, since it's a adjective)
    I am doing well. (NOT good, since it's a adverb)

    right?
    What are you good at? I am good (adjective) at something.
    How are you? I am good, thanks. or I am well(adjective)/fine, thanks.
    In general:
    I am good=AE
    I am well=BrE
    Although I sometimes hear Americans say: "I am well" and Brits say "I am good". It is a matter of personal preference. I would like meet to a Brit, who spent al his/her life in the UK and never went abroad, say: "I am good".

    Well is an adjective with the meaning "in good health". But mostly "well" is an adverb:
    you speak English well, not good
    you play piano well, not good

    I personally say "I am fine, thanks" when answering "How are you?".

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