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    #1

    Doing good or doing well.

    Dear teachers and members:


    I know that an adjetive only describes a noun and that it can also be used with a copulative or linking verb as a predicate adjetive, but I have seen the answer ''I am doing good'' pretty often; someone asked me the following:

    Is it I am doing good or I am doing well?


    I'm confused about whether I am doing good is also correct
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    Re: Doing good or doing well.

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    "Good" is used as an adverb in informal American English. So don't use it that way in your writing.
    http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/good
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    #3

    Re: Doing good or doing well.

    Your answer is OK, khannnung, but your link is not helpful as it's so long I had to spend ages scrolling down to find the relevant entry.

    You would have done better to copy and paste the bit you were referring to.

    3 good /ˈgʊd/ adverb
    Learner's definition of GOOD
    informal
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    chiefly US : 1well 1
    • Things have been going good lately.
    • The team is doing good this year.
    • “How did you hit the ball today?” “Good.”


    ◊ The use of good to mean “well” is considered wrong by many people. It occurs mainly in very informal speech.





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    #4

    Re: Doing good or doing well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Your answer is OK, khanhhung, but your link is not helpful as it's so long I had to spend ages scrolling down to find the relevant entry.
    You would have done better to copy and paste the bit you were referring to.
    Actually, there's an entry titled "good (adverb)" right at the top of the page, so you'll just need to click it and jump to the right position. Furthermore, I'm afraid the form/layout will screw up if I simply copy the part and paste it here.
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    Re: Doing good or doing well.

    'Fine' can also be used as an adverb, according to http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/fine_2
    'Don't worry, you're doing fine.'
    'He's doing fine, thank you.'

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    #6

    Re: Doing good or doing well.

    Thank Khanhung2512 and Rover_Ke for answering.

    This one may confused too but is correct.

    «The concert sounded good even from the back row of the auditorium.».

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    #7

    Re: Doing good or doing well.

    'Good' is an adjective in 'sounded good'.

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    #8

    Re: Doing good or doing well.

    The singer sang well (adverb) so the concert sounded good (adjective).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Doing good or doing well.

    'Sing' is an action verb which takes an adverb; 'sound' is a linking verb which takes an adjective.
    Am I right or wrong?
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    #10

    Re: Doing good or doing well.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    You have already received excellent answers, Apprentice. I just thought that you would like this humorous observation someone once made that goes something like this:

    "They went to [a poor country in the 1930s] to do good and ended up doing well."

    NOTES:

    1. "To do good" = to do good works (to help the poor people).
    2. "To do well" = to live a very nice life (servants, comfortable accommodations, etc.).

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