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    From Cambridge Learner's dictionary:
    do sb good:to have a good effect on someone.
    A holiday would do you good.
    It's a very common expression and it isn't only used in reference to health.
    You'd better go and study. It will do you good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    It's a very common expression and it isn't only used in reference to health.
    You'd better go and study. It will do you good.
    I will. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post

    has done me (some) good <substantive noun; benefitted healthwise>
    Ex: When Rome was about to leave, W. said, "It has done me good to see you again, Andrew, after all these years. Source

    (has) done me good <adverb; Idiom: to be perfectly tricked or deceived>
    Ex: Oh, Max and Sam (have) done me good. They emptied our joint bank account and left the country.

    has done me well <adverb; benefitted from excellent advice>
    Ex: I believe in doing all I can to brighten the planet, and Frank has done me well—oh! handsomely—many's the time!" Source

    All the best.

    I don't really get the red, does it mean W. said: "It's good to see you agian, andrew"?

    The orange line, do people use the idiom that way? I think they usually express "it's good to sb", I've never seen that meaning

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    I will. Thank you.


    Of course, it wasn't intended that way! Nothing could have been further from my mind!!! (And I'm sure you know that!-pulling my leg again, aren't you? )

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    A new case, but still on topic (perhaps more so than the discussion about whether things are adjectives or adverbs!)

    Consider the exchange 'How are you?'/'I'm well'. This could equally be 'How are you?'/'I'm fine'. Until recently, I'd have said 'I'm good' was unacceptable in this context.

    But in the last few years I've been hearing 'I'm good' to mean 'I'm fine/well'. 'I'm good' is also used to refer not to general health but to the adequacy of something: 'Who'd like another drink?'/'Not for me thanks, I'm good.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    I don't really get the red, does it mean W. said: "It's good to see you agian, andrew"?

    The orange line, do people use the idiom that way? I think they usually express "it's good to sb", I've never seen that meaning
    Re red line, I guess it does mean what you said.
    Re orange line, I had never seen that meaning either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But in the last few years I've been hearing 'I'm good' to mean 'I'm fine/well'. 'I'm good' is also used to refer not to general health but to the adequacy of something: 'Who'd like another drink?'/'Not for me thanks, I'm good.'

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    Let's write it down for posterity, BobK. "When was the first time that 'I'm good' started being used in BrE to mean 'I'm well/fine'?" (Remember the 'egges'?)

    In 'Not for me thanks, I'm good.' it means 'I'm at a good point', 'I've had enough'?
    But 'I'm good' has always been used with reference to character, hasn't it?
    'I'm too good' meaning 'I'm too kind' or 'I'm good' meaning 'I'm a good girl'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
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    Re orange line, I had never seen that meaning either.
    Well, I have only come across it rarely with 'good'; but 'I've been done' is quite a common idiom. That use of 'to do' [='to trick/short-change'] is the basis for the jocular 'What can I do you for?' - which I explained in another thread. "I've been well done" would strike me as unusual; it would be more likely in the form 'I've been properly done' (or, informally, 'I've been done, good and proper').

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    I don't really get the red, does it mean W. said: "It's good to see you agian, andrew"?
    He benefited in a positive way from seeing his friend.

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T
    The orange line, do people use the idiom that way? I think they usually express "it's good to sb", I've never seen that meaning
    See BobK's post #28.

    All the best.

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