Good or Well


I think good or well both mean the same thing, but which one would be better to use, good or well?


Well seems a little bit less than good, on the other hand good is maybe used more frequently so sounds more bland? I'm not sure. I hope I'm not making a mistake by asking this question here as it is not strictly a grammar topic but more an issue of style.

good well asked Aug 09 '13 at 20:46 Francesca Benetazzo New member

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They are different parts, but have similar implications. 'Well' is an adverb that will usually modify a verb. Someone may ask you, "How are you?" The proper reply is, "I am well." This answers the question 'how'.

'Good' is an adjective and will usually modify a noun. He is a good person. That was a good movie.

They are not interchangeable in usage.

link answered Aug 09 '13 at 21:17 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Different parts of speech, but it won't save my correction.

Lewis NeidhardtAug 09 '13 at 22:50

For this example, ''I smell good'' indicates that smell is a linking verb, and good modifies it.

''I smell badly'' indicates that my nose has trouble smelling.

Do you think my explanation is accurate?

ducdang123Aug 10 '13 at 03:22

Yes, although good, used with a linking verb above, is used as an adjective linked to the subject I, not to the verb smell....

Geannene LedbetterAug 11 '13 at 02:07

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