Good or well? question
Hey! I was wondering...... when someone says "how are you?" should you say "I am good" or "I am well?"
Thanks soo much in advance!!! I am so excited I can finally have this question answered!!!
If it's your physician enquiring, the response could be "I am well". Otherwise, in Britain, it should be simply "How are you?". But that is a matter of etiquette, not grammar, and one hears very often "Well, thankyou....and you?" But never, except just possibly in a confessional booth, "I am good."
|link comment||answered Jul 04 '13 at 16:44 Michael Cranfield Expert|
This is a regional issue. American English would use 'good' whereas British English would use 'well'. Strictly spoken, we should use an adjective [good] and not an adverb [well] because we have a subject complement [because of the linking verb 'am']. This means that with the linking verb and the complement that follows, you are modifing the meaning of I and not of am. This, in turn, means that you need the adjective GOOD and not the ADVERB well.
Anyway, so much for the grammar. It remains a regioanal issue, and, if we are to believe the Cambridge Grammar of English [534b], the American form is gaining ground.
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