- For Teachers
I have just started a new career as a journalist. I have a mentor who has reviewed my first piece of writing and her feedback is that it is pretty good. I thought pretty good would be better than good but it does not seem to be? Does it depend on the context?.
Could you please expand? Cheers
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck in your chosen field.
(a) Journalists can do a lot of good -- or a lot of harm. I am sure that you will do a lot of good!
(2) Here in the United States, I believe that "pretty good" means something like "not bad."
(a) Perhaps your mentor did not want to nitpick (find every little mistake), so "pretty good" could mean:
"As a beginner, you made some mistakes, but -- in general -- you did an acceptable job."
(3) I do believe, however, that if a wife asks about the quality of her cooking, a husband had better not reply,
"It's pretty good."
[AmE not a teacher]
I often use "pretty good" to mean "it's surprisingly very good".
friend: So, was the movie boring, like you thought it would be?
me: No actually, it's pretty good!