Back to Basics: What’s the Difference between Good and Well?

Good is an adjective.

Adjectives tell about people, places or things. Adjectives tell about nouns.

Well is an adverb.

Adverbs tell about actions. Adverbs tell about verbs.

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For example:

  • This woman is a good boss. She leads well.
  • She is a good speaker. She speaks well.
  • She is a good team player. She cooperates well.

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  • This man is a good cook. He cooks well.
  • He is a good shopper. He shops well.
  • He is a good homemaker. He organizes well.

Let’s look at some different examples:

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You must run well to win a medal. You must be a good runner.

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You must paint well to have a picture in a museum. You must be a good painter.

Practice

  1. My friend always helps me. She is a __________ friend.
  2. He plays soccer __________. He is on his school’s team.
  3. He dances ________. People like to watch him dance at parties.
  4. A _______ tailor can make her own clothes.
  5. He is a ______ barber, so I asked him to cut my hair.
  6. If I can speak English _____, I can get a _______ job.

Answers

  1. a good friend
  2. plays soccer well
  3. dances well
  4. a good tailor
  5. a good barber
  6. speak English well/a good job

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