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    #1

    Good or well? What's the rule?

    The holiday did me a lot of ____.
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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Feb-2017 at 19:43. Reason: Deleting seven question marks.

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    #2

    Re: Good or well? What's the rule?

    Only "good" is correct in the above.

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    #3

    Re: Good or well? What's the rule?

    The rule is that good is an adjective and well is an adverb. It's usually not difficult to see what well modifies, but I can see that it did me a lot of good is hard to parse.
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    #4

    Re: Good or well? What's the rule?

    "Good" is also a noun.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Good or well? What's the rule?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The rule is that good is an adjective and well is an adverb.
    Although the above is true, I'd imagine that misusing 'good' as an adverb is probably one of the most common mistakes native speakers make. Not that that makes it any more acceptable.

    You'll probably hear more people say "He did good" than you will the correct version of "He did well."

    Every once in a while I catch myself misusing it. Most recently, not two days after I explained the rule above to my class.
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    #6

    Re: Good or well? What's the rule?

    While good is often used as an adverb (despite the best efforts of English teachers), well can't function as an adjective.
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    #7

    Re: Good or well? What's the rule?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    While good is often used as an adverb (despite the best efforts of English teachers), well can't function as an adjective.
    It can.
    I'm not well today.
    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/well

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    #8

    Re: Good or well? What's the rule?

    I haven't been very accurate in my grammatical pronouncements here lately.
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    #9

    Re: Good or well? What's the rule?

    A bad hair day.
    Those are rare for you, GoesStation.

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    #10

    Re: Good or well? What's the rule?

    If you lived in the UK, GS, you could get checked out at a well man clinic.

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