What is the Difference Between “Good” and “Well”?
Posted by Issa and Published on Apr 30, 2012
Good is frequently used as an adjective; well is commonly an adverb.
An adjective attributes or modifies a noun (e.g. good Betty), acts as a predicate (e.g. Betty is good.), can be preceded by an intensifier very (e.g. very good), and may take comparative (e.g. better) and superlative (e.g. best) forms. Check out below examples:
- Prisoners are often considered as good as dead and gone.
- Ella was a good, compassionate lady, and not happy in her marriage.
- Give him my good wishes on his new job in Middle East.
- It all tended to a good end; it was not mere waste and ruin.
Meanwhile, the adverb well is always seen closest to verbs, sometimes to adjectives, as can be observed below:
- Her figure was elegant, and she walked well.
- Their house was a large, handsome stone building, standing well on rising ground.
- My grandpa’s library was select, and its state of dilapidation proved it to have been well used.
- Your courage isdisguised: you seem damnably afraid!
- He avoids long words and complicated phrases even when well educated.