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    Re: "well" or "good"

    And more quickly.

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    #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Many Americans -- you know, those lawless idiots who insist on perverting the language away from the way British people (you know, the people who invented it)
    The best thing we ever did was to cast you hooligans aside before you perverted our sacred British purity too much. You cast aside our (present) perfect ways, dishonoured or theatres, drove cars on our pavements and trains through our subways, uncovered our pants and shorts, sniggered when we knocked up our sisters, stopped smoking our fags, changed the shape of our football and made our hockey slithery. And, despite the false claims of 'progressive' America, you have clung in a luddite manner to whoms and gottens, to subjunctives and excessive commas, when we have moved boldly forwards.

    If it wasn't (!) for the fact that you invented that most sublime of art forms, the western, I should refuse to acknowledge your existence.

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    #13

    Re: "well" or "good"

    Yippie-ki-yay!
    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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    #14

    Re: "well" or "good"

    I would blush if I was an American.

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    #15

    Re: "well" or "good"

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How are things? is natural.
    So it's conceivable that the singular was the written context OD thinks s/he remembers, if the writer was joking - and referring to the one thing (whatever that was) that was on everyone's mind. But it's certainly not idiomatic.

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    #16

    Re: "well" or "good"

    One more thing about this issue. What is correct answer for those questions:
    1) How are things?
    a) They are good. (adjective)
    or
    b) They are well (fine). (adverb)

    2) How are things going?
    c) They are going well. (I suspect this is only correct option, isn't it?)

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