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    #1

    Cool good versus well

    Hello everybody,

    Choose the correct answer:

    Andy didn't do very good/well in his test.


    All I know that the general rule is the following:

    good is adjective
    well is adverb

    However, I often have promblems with the usage of these two words: good and well

    thank you in advance,
    Madox

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    Re: good versus well

    Base on what you know, do you think that sentence needs an adjective or an adverb?

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    Re: good versus well

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Base on what you know, do you think that sentence needs an adjective or an adverb?
    Well, it depends which word modifies:

    do good
    or

    very well

    That's why I am puzzled about it!

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    #4

    Re: good versus well

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    Hello, Mad Ox,

    (1) You are 100% correct: "well" is often an adverb.

    (a) So you should say "Andy did not do very well on his test."

    (2) Of course, native speakers often do not follow the "rules," so many native speakers would, indeed, say something like:

    Andy did not do very good on his test. / Wow! My favorite basketball team played real [really] good last night!/ Hey! You speak

    English real [really] good!

    (3) On the other hand, you would say "The cake smells good." (It describes the cake. A cake, of course, does not have a nose, so it cannot smell anything.) But if you had an operation on your nose, you might say "Now I can smell things very well." That is, "well" describes how you can smell things.

    (4) In "I am feeling well," "well" is an adjective. It describes me. It does NOT describe how I feel things. (But it is an adverb in: "I broke my fingers, so that now I cannot feel things very well when I touch them.")

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