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    Question Taste good, taste well

    Some people say, "The food tastes good". But others say, "The food tastes well". Which is correct, "good" or "well" ?

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    Re: Taste good, taste well

    Hello Ng,

    I would only say "the food tastes good".

    "To taste" functions here as a copulative verb; "good" is the adjectival subject complement.

    Some may say "the food tastes well"; but that version seems to be based on a misapprehension that the item after "tastes" must be adverbial.

    Cf. "the food tastes nice".

    Best wishes,


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