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    Default Good or well

    Hello,

    Is there a list of expressions or idioms in which 'well' and 'good' are used interchangeably like this one? Or an explanation as to which should be used and when?
    I did well/good,
    I feel well/good,
    I am doing well/good,
    I will be good/well,
    I feel good/well about you,
    I think good/well of you
    I do well/ good
    I know that generally 'well' is used to describe a verb and 'good' is used to describe a noun
    Can I use 'bad' in all these examples?
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Good or well

    These guidelins will handle 95% of your situations:

    With any form of "to do" use "well" unless you are talking about charity/good works, where "doing good" uses "good" as a noun.

    With any form of "feel" use "good" unless you are talking about your literal, physical sense of touch; "I don't feel well" is idiomatic to mean you are ill.

    Most other verbs will use "well."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Good or well

    Quote Originally Posted by sondra View Post
    Hello,

    Is there a list of expressions or idioms in which 'well' and 'good' are used interchangeably like this one? Or an explanation as to which should be used and when? My responses are from an AmE perspective.
    I did well/good, "Well" correct/"Good" more frequent/popular
    I feel well/good, (same as above)
    I am doing well/good, (40/60)
    I will be good/well, (if referring to condition, "OK" would be more popular)
    I feel good/well about you, "good"(90)
    I think good/well of you. "well"(90)
    I do well/ good (as in response to "How do you usually do in your exams?"[50/50])
    I know that generally 'well' is used to describe a verb and 'good' is used to describe a noun
    Can I use 'bad' in all these examples? ("poorly" is to "bad" as "well" is to "good")
    Thanks
    b.

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