Adjective and adverb use


This is conversation in a novel:

Susan said, "Hope you'll do fine. You have the routine down like a pro."

Grammarly says, the sentence below is incorrect:

Hope you will do fine.

See example:

Susan said, "Hope you'll do fine.
asked Apr 14 '12 at 12:43 Marsha New member

2 answers


Lewis is right, there are certain times that you are allowed to throw out the rules of grammar.  Conversation in a novel is certainly one of those times.  Most people don't speak grammatically correct all of the time.  Some people rarely do.  Often conversation is even spelled incorrectly to show how a character speaks with an accent, or some impediment. 


Though well is really the correct adverb, the dictionary does define fine as an informal adverb meaning "in an excellent manner; very well". I think that in the US, it is more common for a person to say "You'll do fine." So I have to disagree with Lewis on one point.  It is definitely believable dialog to use fine

link comment answered Apr 14 '12 at 15:04 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

I just read your other question with a character named Hope.  I thought that in this sentence, you meant "I hope you'll do fine" and converstionally the person didn't say the word I.  You need a comma here.


Hope, you'll do fine.

link answered Apr 14 '12 at 15:09 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Nothing like perspective. Good catch.

TolleyApr 14 '12 at 15:12

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