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    good or well?

    Goog evening!
    Tell me please when I can use 'well' and when 'good', I can't understand at all!
    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: good or well?

    "Goog" evening to you, too, A.G. Watch out for typing errors when you post.

    I'm afraid that you will have to be more specific, because there are many occasions when you could use one or the other of these two words.
    Let's take just a couple.
    Someone asks you, "How are you?". In BrE, you would probably reply, "I'm well". In AmE, you would probably say "I'm good".
    You are encouraging someone. In BrE you say "You're doing well"; in AmE, "You're doing good".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: good or well?

    What source did you use that you "can't understand"? Suggest that you first do some research/study using an English grammar text or an on-line search engine. Following that, if you have any specific questions, post them here.

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    Re: good or well?

    Here are some examples of usage:

    1. I hope the operation goes well. Not: I hope the operation goes good.
    2. I hope you get well soon. Not: I hope you get good soon.
    3. I'm not well enough to get out of bed. Not: I'm not good enough to get out of bed.
    4. I'm feeling good about this operation. Not: I'm feeling well about this operation.
    Well, I hope these examples are good enough. ;)

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    Re: good or well?

    I would say "I am good."
    I would NOT say "I'm doing good." Only "well" goes with "going" while "good" works for me as a predicate adjective.
    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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    Re: good or well?

    Quote Originally Posted by Islands View Post

    1. I hope the operation goes well. Not: I hope the operation goes good.
    2. I hope you get well soon. Not: I hope you get good soon.
    3. I'm not well enough to get out of bed. Not: I'm not good enough to get out of bed.
    4. I'm feeling good about this operation. Not: I'm feeling well about this operation.
    Well, I hope these examples are good enough. ;)
    Indeed they are. All correct.

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    Re: good or well?

    If someone asks 'How are you? they usually mean how is your health or how are you feeling.
    You might reply 'I am good' (meaning I am feeling good or my health is good). You would not usually reply 'I am doing good'
    However, in an informal setting (in Australia) it is common to be asked 'How are you doing?' or even 'How are you going?' (both meaning how is your health or how are you feeling) The informal reply is often 'I'm doing good' or I'm good (meaning I am feeling good or my health is good).

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