good, well

good, well
Good is an adjective: "to see a good play"; "to have a good time." Well is both an adjective and an adverb, but with different meanings; as an adjective,"in good health," and as an adverb,"ably": "Since my illness, I have felt well." "The cast performed well in the first act." Good may be used correctly after such linking verbs as seem, smell, and taste. In such uses, good remains an adjective that qualifies the subject and is not an adverb that modifies the verb: "Your report seems good to me." But good cannot qualify a verb directly: "She speaks well (not good)." Good appears in such trite, informal expressions as "make good," "good for nothing," "come to no good," "all to the good," "good and sick," "good and tired," "as good as new," "for good and all," "good egg," "good Joe," "good-oh," "goodies," and "goody-goody."

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  • good vs well —   Good is an adjective. We use good when we want to give more information about a noun.   For example:   My dog Sam is very good. He s a good dog.   She didn t speak very good English. Her English isn t very good.   Well is usually used as an… …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • good vs well —   Good is an adjective. We use good when we want to give more information about a noun.   For example:   My dog Sam is very good. He s a good dog.   She didn t speak very good English. Her English isn t very good.   Well is usually used as an… …   English dictionary of common mistakes and confusing words

  • Well-meaner — Well mean er, n. One whose intention is good. Well meaners think no harm. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • good — 1 /gUd/ adjective comparative better, superlative best /best/ 1 OF A HIGH STANDARD of a high standard: a good reputation | a good quality cloth | a good Muslim | This book is not as good as her last one. | His test scores were good, but hers were …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • good — Synonyms and related words: Christian, Christlike, Christly, Daedalian, God fearing, OK, Roger, Sunday, able to pay, absolutely, acceptable, accomplished, according to Hoyle, ace, actual, adept, adequate, admirable, admissible, adroit, advantage …   Moby Thesaurus

  • well — 1. adverb /wɛl/ a) Accurately, competently. He does his job well. b) Completely, fully. A well done steak. 2. adjective /wɛl/ a) …   Wiktionary

  • good — See: AS GOOD AS, AS GOOD AS ONE GETS, BUT GOOD, DO ONE GOOD, FOR GOOD, FOR GOOD MEASURE, GET THE GOODS ON, HOLD GOOD, IN GOOD, IN GOOD FAITH, IN GOOD TIME, IN ONE S GOOD GRACES, IT S AN ILL WIND THAT BLOWS NOBODY GOOD, MAKE GOOD, MISS IS AS GOOD… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • good — See: AS GOOD AS, AS GOOD AS ONE GETS, BUT GOOD, DO ONE GOOD, FOR GOOD, FOR GOOD MEASURE, GET THE GOODS ON, HOLD GOOD, IN GOOD, IN GOOD FAITH, IN GOOD TIME, IN ONE S GOOD GRACES, IT S AN ILL WIND THAT BLOWS NOBODY GOOD, MAKE GOOD, MISS IS AS GOOD… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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