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    "well" or "good"

    When somebody ask me about my current situation, for instance:
    "How is your life going?"
    which answer is correct
    1) It is good.
    2) It is well.
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    Re: "well" or "good"

    'It is good.'

    'It is going well.'

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    Re: "well" or "good"

    But the question is unlikely. It reminds me of when a Spanish speaker asked me 'Que tal la vida?' I knew what each word meant; but in Br Eng one doesn't say it that way. 'How are things' or 'How are things going' is more normal. There are many other less formal variations - but they don't* mention 'life'.

    b

    PS *Duh. 'How's life' is quite common.

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    Re: "well" or "good"



    I remember one day I came across "How was thing?" I donít know if it is natural in English? Sorry for not being able to supply you context, but I am sure it was written in that way.


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    Re: "well" or "good"

    'How was thing?' is not a question I have ever heard before.

    Rover

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    Re: "well" or "good"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'How was thing?' is not a question I have ever heard before.
    If I heard it, I would know that the speaker was not a native speaker of English.

    (Unless my daughter were asking me about my recent meeting with the man who ran off with my wife. But then it would be written: "How was Thing?", 'Thing' being the name we have given this gentleman.)

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    Re: "well" or "good"

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post


    I remember one day I came across "How was thing?" I don’t know if it is natural in English? Sorry for not being able to supply you context, but I am sure it was written in that way.

    How are things? is natural.

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    Re: "well" or "good"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If I heard it, I would know that the speaker was not a native speaker of English.

    (Unless my daughter were asking me about my recent meeting with the man who ran off with my wife. But then it would be written: "How was Thing?", 'Thing' being the name we have given this gentleman.)
    If I may cut in: why did you use 'were"?
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    Re: "well" or "good"

    Quote Originally Posted by stanislaw.masny View Post
    If I may cut in: why do you used 'were"?
    It's my age. I still use the subjunctive.

    Many native speakers of BrE would use 'was' there.

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    Re: "well" or "good"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's my age. I still use the subjunctive.

    Many native speakers of BrE would use 'was' there.
    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) -- would also use the subjunctive. Language changes more slowly here.
    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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