Good – Well

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Good – Well

Commonly Confused Words: 
good / well

Good

Good
is an adjective.  It modifies
(describes) a noun.

    Example

           

        
    

           

As the above examples show, the adjective good
has three usual positions:

    1.  before the noun it modifies (good
time
)

    2.  after a
verb of being (play was good)

     3.  after a
linking verb (flowers smell good)

In each case, the adjective good is modifying a noun.

 

Good should never be used as an
adverb (modifying a verb). 

    Thus, the following example is incorrect:

           

   

As shown below, the adverb well should be
used in the above example.

        Correct:
               

Well

Well is an adverb. 

Well

always modifies/describes a verb. 

    As a modifier of a verb, well
tells HOW something is done.

           

              
In the above example, well tells how Hans did on his test.

 

        More examples:

               


            Well
tells
how
Max plays chess.

 

           

            Well
tells how Jan is loved by her friends..

READ:  Indirect Object Quiz | Grammar

 

 

In certain cases only, well may be used as an
adjective and is interchangeable with good:

    1.  to indicate good health

           
Both of the following examples are
correct:

             

               

   

    2.  to indicate satisfactory conditions

         Both of
the following examples are correct:

                

                 
           

                   

 

Both good and well change to 
better and best in
their comparative and superlative forms.

Use the comparative form – better
when comparing two items.

        Examples –
better
as adjective

           


 

 

     Example – better as
adverb

               

 

Use the superlative form – best
when comparing three or more items.

    Examples – best as adjective

             

    Example – best as adverb

               

 

Summary:

    Good is an adjective
It modifies a noun.

    Well is an adverb
It modifies a verb (telling “how”).

    Well may be used as an
adjective
to indicate good health or satisfactory conditions.


READ:  Notes - The Clerk

Link to exercises on good / well..




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