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Are the following sentences usually used in daily life conversation?
How are you?
How are you doing?
How is everything going?
How has your day been going? ( not sure about it , plz help)
The general rule with good and well is that well is an adverb and good is an adjective. What this means is that well modifies verbs, adjectives and other adverbs and good modifies nouns.
Unfortunately, there are exceptions to this rule just to keep us on our toes. "Well" may be used when describing if something is proper, healthy or suitable. As in, "I am well (healthy) today."
- That is a good song. (Good is modifying the noun, song.)
- You sang the song very well. (Well is modifying the verb, sang.)
- The bike is pedaling well. (Well is modifying the verb, pedaling.
- The car is in good shape. (Good is modifying the noun, car.)
How are you?
I am good.
What is good here ?
I find an easy way to tell whether to use "good" or "well" is to substitute a different adjective into the sentence. For instance, "I am hungry" works. "Hungry" is an adjectival complement to "I." However, "I am hungrily" sounds absurd. After substituting, it becomes clear that we want to use the adjective: "I am good."
On the other hand, when asked "How are you doing?" it's another story. If we say "I'm doing good," then "good" appears to be the direct object of "doing." "I'm doing well" would be correct. "Well" is the adverb, modifying "doing."
"How are you doing?" or "How's things?"
This is normal speech. "Good" is strictly an adjective, but it serves as an adverb here.
"My day has been good", or "My day has been going well" (NOT "may day has been going good").