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The Difference Between Good and Well

The difference between good and well


A common mistake in the English language is the misuse of the words good and well. The general rule is that "good" is an adjective and "well" is an adverb.


Difference between "good" and "well"


Learn to use them and the difference between "good" and "well" in a very simple and useful condition.


1. How to use "good"?

Used as an "adjective" to describe a "noun", examples:

  • You speak good English.
  • Good dress.

It is used as an "adjective" with a "verb" such as (be, feel, look, smell, sound, taste) to describe a noun. Examples:

  • Your English is good.
  • That dress looks good on you.

2. How to use "well"?

Used as an "adverb" to describe Verb, examples:

  • You speak English well.
  • I don't feel very well.

Used as an "adjective" when we talk about a physical condition (healthy, not ill) to describe a noun, examples:

  • I'm very well, thank you.
  • The whole team played well.

"Good" and "well" in general sentences


Some more examples will help you better understand the difference of "well" and "good" in sentences.

"Good" in sentences include:

  • A good lawyer, an devil neighbour.
  • He that spares the bad injures the good.
  • The devil is good when he is pleased.
  • It is a good workman that never blunders.
  • A good beginning is half the battle.
  • Better good neighbours near than relations far away.
  • He did a good job.
  • We are good students.
  • He did a good job on today's test.
  • A good wife makes a good husband.
  • She is a good singer.
  • My eyesight is good.
  • A good name is easier lost than won.
  • Behind bad luck comes good luck.
  • I feel good about our relationship.
  • She was sad and did not feel good today.
  • He is a good listener.
  • Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper.
  • They are good neighbors.

"Well" in sentences include:

  • All shall be well, Jack shall have Gill.
  • An enemy’s mouth seldom speaks well.
  • Better to do well than to say well.
  • Do well is better than say well.
  • Great men’s sons seldom do well.
  • Hatred is blind as well as love.
  • He did the job well.
  • He did well on the exam.
  • He did well on today's test.
  • He lives long that lives well.
  • He plays the guitar well.
  • I can see pretty well.
  • Many one says well that thinks ill.
  • Men love to hear well of themselves.
  • Our relationship is going well.
  • She has the flu and does not look well.
  • She speaks English well.
  • Study sickness while you are well.
  • We don't know our neighbor very well.



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